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Autobiography of a Pocket-Handkerchief
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or. "Autobiography" was simultaneously issued as a separate number of Brother Jonathan magazine (March 22. when she has proved so sensitive to her surroundings in every other fashion. (2) its critique of economic exploitation in France and of the crass commercial climate of ante-bellum America.04.-Apr. noting variations between the original manuscript and the various published texts: "Autobiography of a Pocket-Handkerchief" (Evanston. and Graham's Magazine would publish other contributions from him over the next few years." A German translation quickly followed.an embroidered pocket-handkerchief -. except that certain inconsistent contractions (e. 158-167. IL: The Golden-Booke Press.com). Interest in the book then lapsed. The Brother Jonathan and Bentley editions divided the story into 18 chapters (as we have in this transcription). it must be admitted that the telling of Adrienne's sad plight in Paris becomes a bit overwrought. Another edition. Finally. This said.g. 1843). 89-102.com> AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A POCKET-HANDKERCHIEF by James Fenimore Cooper {This text has been transcribed. there is enough to reward today's reader." Also in 1843 it was published in London by Richard Bentley as "The French Governess.April) 1843. if only in the story's unique "point of view" and in the recognizable foibles of Henry Halfacre and his social-climbing daughter. "Autobiography" remains significant because of: (1) its unusual narrator -. Though hardly one of Cooper's greatest works. Still. 1949). *END*THE SMALL PRINT! FOR PUBLIC DOMAIN ETEXTS*Ver. and cultural issues. the first scholary treatment of any Cooper work. MacDougall. is simply unbelievable. OCR software. as "Die franzosischer Erzieheren. or The Florida Reef" (1846. 1845. 1843).} { Because of the limitations imposed by the Gutenberg Project format.} 5 {Introductory Note: "Autobiography of a Pocket-Handkerchief" was James Fenimore Cooper's first serious attempt at magazine writing. scanning machines. public domain etexts. Vol. 1-18. and. by Hugh C. XXII. was printed half a century later as a Festschrift (farewell testimonial) for retiring Cooper scholar Gregory Lansing Paine of the University of North Carolina: "Autobiography of A Pocket-Handkerchief" (Chapel Hill: Privately printed. translations are from the French. (3) its constant exploration of American social. the heroine-handkerchief's protracted failure to recognize her maker. moral. reprinted 1849). The spelling and punctuation of the Graham's Magazine periodical text have generally been followed. under the title "Le Mouchoir: An Autobiographical Romance.1848). and annotated from its original periodical appearance in Graham's Magazine (Jan. edited by Walter Lee Brown.} . Unless otherwise indicated. 1897). pp.Information prepared by the Project Gutenberg legal advisor The Project gratefully accepts contributions in money. Secretary of the James Fenimore Cooper Society (jfcooper@wpe. and the novel "Jack Tier.} {The text is taken from the novelette's original appearance in Graham's Magazine.. while italics Cooper used for emphasis are usually indicated by ALL CAPITALS. Money should be paid to "Project Gutenberg Association / Carnegie-Mellon University". royalty free copyright licenses. "Autobiography" was never included in published collections of James Fenimore Cooper's "Works." and this scarcity is an important reason for making it available to scholars everywhere through the Gutenberg Project.} {At the end of the century a limited scholarly edition (500 copies) appeared. italics used by Cooper to indicate foreign words are ignored. and that the inept wooing of Mary Monson by the social cad Tom Thurston is so drawn out and sarcastic as to suggest snobbery on Cooper's part as well as on that of his elite hanky. 205-213 (January. unannotated and taken from the Graham's Magazine version.that is surely the first of its kind. who welcomes corrections or emendations. "do n't" or "do'nt" for "don't") have been silently regularized. the Embroidered Handkerchief. corrected. and every other sort of contribution you can think of. as are accents. oder das gestickte Taschentuch" (Stuttgart: Lieschning. time.29. notably a series of biographic sketches of American naval officers.93*END* This etext was prepared by Hugh Mac Dougall <jfcooper@wpe.

Cooper frequently alludes. and to identify historical names and other references. we have certain dark legends that might possibly carry us back again to the old world in quest of our estates and privileges."} Certain moral philosophers. an extraction of which I find all who enjoy it fond of boasting. Under these limitations. after some ten or twelve generations at most. he is driven. if not commendable. This renders us strictly Yankee in our origin. for. The glorious family of cotemporaneous plants from which I derive my being. to events and persons involved in the French Revolution of 1830. to record nothing but settled truths. in writing this history. from which I infer it is at least innocent. as they rioted in the fertility of their cis-atlantic field. it has been my determination from the first. { Chapter numbers inserted from non-periodical editions of "Autobiography. to seek refuge in a country in Europe. {I have annotated the edition--identified by {curly brackets}--to translate most of the French words and expressions which Cooper frequently employs. or any beggar who does not share in the blood of princes. the laws of nature have not permitted me to escape from the influence of this common rule. and restored to its paternal soil by the mutations and calculations of industry and trade. singularly well conditioned. Although favored by a strictly vegetable descent myself. themselves. and who have sat on thrones these thousand years. which he had witnessed while living in Paris. then. grew in a lovely vale of Connecticut. divided into a thousand cotemporaneous plants. like other races. and about which the beginning of the plot revolves. {Linum Usitatissimum = Linum usitatissimum (Cooper's capitalization varies) is the botanical name for the variety of flax from which linen is made} While our family has followed the general human law in the matter just mentioned. it forms a marked exception to the rule that so absolutely controls all of white blood. Still. We have traditions among us of the enjoyments of our predecessors. our most remote extraction being American.} AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A POCKET-HANDKERCHIEF 6 CHAPTER I. thereby demonstrating that no prince exists who does not participate in the blood of some beggar. in what relates to immigration and territorial origin. merely . But. European by emigration. whereas exactly the reverse is the case with us. while our more recent construction and education have taken place in Europe. and to reject everything in the shape of vague report or unauthenticated anecdote. to define occasional now-obsolete English words. on this continent. In this particular. have shown that every man is equally descended from a million of ancestors. and quite near to the banks of the celebrated river of the same name. The earliest accounts I possess of my progenitors represent them as a goodly growth of the Linum Usitatissimum. I may be said to enjoy a precedency over the Bourbons. without awakening the envy of their fellow-creatures. When I speak of the "earliest accounts I possess of my progenitors. a happy company of thriving and luxuriant plants. When the American enters on the history of his ancestors. and remarkable for an equality that renders the production valuable.CHAPTER I. within a given number of generations. I shall pass them over. in the beginning of the work. It is the only subject of self-felicitation with which I am acquainted that men can indulge in." authentic information is meant only. with a due disdain of the flimsy foundations of human pride. who now govern no less than four different states of Europe. I have ever considered my family as American by origin.

mythical Spanish conqueror of Ireland. schools. in particular. imparted and transmitted information. for some time afterwards. and rendering clear to my understanding the vast distance that exists between the Being that created all things and the works of his hands. the field in which my forefathers grew was gathered. {epochas = archaic Latinized spelling of epochs} Some of the happiest moments of my moral existence were thus obtained. and digest with the understandings of our predecessors. whichever may be the proper expression. Thus it . The latter. {Milesian = slang for Irish. from Milesius. he gave his discourses somewhat of the progressive character of lectures. unheeded. for instance. that the recent improvements in science and mechanics have enabled the astronomers to make. The embarkation. and very little. Now occurred one of those chances which decide the fortunes of plants. and to praise. that accumulated knowledge which man inherits by means of books. It happened that a distinguished astronomer selected a beautiful seat. France. in the midst of their admitted mastery over the earth and all it contains. leading his listeners on. In a word. I still derive indescribable satisfaction. explaining the marvels of the illimitable void. the man and the vegetable alike taking the direction pointed out by Providence for the fulfilment of his or its destiny. the divine Being to which it owes its creation. Evreux = town in Normandy. hear with the ears. there ever exists. the seed winnowed from the chaff and collected in casks. To those who live in the narrow circle of human interests and human feelings. As respects logical inductions. while our family was growing in the fields of Normandy. a D'Uzes = a member of an ancient noble family in southern France} Plants have sensation as well as animals. and which form a species of hereditary mesmerism. it occurred in an English ship. and. long years--that I heard him thus holding forth to his pupils. There have been evil disposed vegetables that have seen fit to reproach us with this sale as a stigma on our family history. a vegetable clairvoyance that enables us to see with the eyes. Fortunately. Each is an incident in the progress of civilization. as a favorite spot for his observations and discourses. my ancestors being transferred in a body to the ownership of a certain agriculturist in the neighborhood of Evreux. it would be well for them to consider. however. we obtain through more subtle agencies that are incorporated with our organic construction. and universities. as well as those of men. before their very eyes. almost unnoticed. have no consciousness anterior to their physical births. when the whole company was shipped for Ireland. who dealt largely in such articles. our mental conformation being such as to enable us to refer our moral existence to a period that embraces the experience. reasoning and sentiments of several generations. whereas a different law prevails as respects us. {cis-atlantic = this side of the Atlantic (Latin)} 7 In due time. It seems as only yesterday--it is in fact fourteen long. for a novelty. if they would obtain just views of what they are and what they were intended to be. the linum usitatissimum draws as largely on the intellectual acquisitions of the various epochas that belonged to the three or four parent stems which preceded it. the flaxseed was condemned and sold. but I have ever considered it myself as a circumstance of which one has no more reason to be ashamed than a D'Uzes has to blush for the robberies of a baron of the middle ages. which. I think I can still hear this learned and devout man--for his soul was filled with devotion to the dread Being that could hold a universe in subjection to His will--dwelling with delight on all the discoveries among the heavenly bodies. in a way to render all easy to the commonest understanding. as it might be step by step. occurred in the height of the last general war. indeed. the most humbling proofs of their own comparative insignificance in the scale of creation. that was placed on the very margin of our position. as on its own. or shipment of my progenitors. giving me a claim to Norman. colleges. instead of Milesian descent. A French privateer captured the vessel on her passage home. after its fashion and kind.Chapter numbers remarking that a bountiful nature has made such provision for the happiness of all created things as enables each to rejoice in its existence. from a recollection of the latter of which.

" said our astronomer one day. of a heat so intense as to render it insupportable to us. Of course by doubling this distance. I first got accurate notions of the almost inconceivable magnitude of space. in filling the destiny of the linum usitatissimum. and had the latter solidity to mark its circumference. and the spots which are so often seen on this bright orb. of course we see farther into its secrets than into those of any other planet. this is the more consistent way of accounting for the appearance of these spots. it would be found that this circumference would include but a little more than half the surface of one side of the sun. whether I grew in a soil a little more or a little less fertile. until ashamed of the feebleness of their first effort." I listened to this with wonder. that nothing we know could live in the moon under these rapid and extreme transitions of heat and cold. and we will note the result! If it be in space. it must be under such modifications of all our known facts. But the moon has no seas. must be masses of ice. Of what moment was it to me." "One side of that planet feels the genial warmth of the sun for a fortnight. Could men or plants but once elevate their thoughts to the vast scale of creation. and learned to be satisfied with my station. to which. I was but a speck among a myriad of other things produced by the hand of the Creator. inductions. "The moon has no atmosphere. in endeavoring to comprehend infinity in any thing. Nothing that has life. "and if inhabited at all. it is renewed. The moon being the heavenly body much the nearest to us. though it is not certain. though so familiar to astronomers. in comparison with it. produced a deep and unexpected impression on me. whether my fibres attained the extremest fineness known to the manufacturer. "are now so perfect and powerful. we shall find them setting bounds to their illimitable void.000 miles. Still it is thought. that we occasionally see the actual surface of this orb. or fell a little short of this excellence." he said. to be content. in which the moon moves around the earth. Now could the sun be brought in contact with this orbit. its surface representing one of strictly volcanic origin. or orbit. can exist without air. would so unerringly make manifest the futility of complaints. as to render the useful lesson of contentment as inevitable as it is important. again and again. "Our instruments. In other words the diameter of this orbit is about 480. it would teach them their own insignificance so plainly. the distances of our entire solar . You will get a better idea of the magnitude of the sidereal system. I remember that our astronomer. while the other is for the same period without it. as to enable us to ascertain many facts of the deepest interest. so far as we can ascertain. and it follows that nothing having life. The manner that he chose to render clear to the imagination of his hearers some just notions of its size. while the opposite side on which the rays of the sun do not fall. giving reason to believe in the activity of innumerable burning hills at some remote period. the mountains being numerous to a wonderful degree. to say nothing of the want of atmospheric air. an advantage we do not possess as respects any other of the heavenly bodies. it is probable there are no more positive limits than there are a beginning and an end to eternity! Can these wonders be. if any thing having life do exist there. evidence and revelations compel them to admit. and all to conduce to his own wise ends and unequaled glory. and the immense disparity between time and eternity. The light and warmth of the sun probably exist in its atmosphere." he continued. spoke of the nature and magnitude of the sun. if water exist there to be congealed. and to proclaim the praise of God within the sphere assigned to me. At all events. Our instruments enable us to perceive craters. either animal or vegetable as we know them. one day. "That which feels the sun must be a day. with the exception of the moon and Mars.000 miles! The sun is one million three hundred and eighty-four thousand four hundred and seventy-two times larger than the earth. however. I thought--and how pitiful in those who affect to reduce all things to the level of their own powers of comprehension. it must be by beings constructed altogether differently from ourselves. with the inner cones so common to all our own volcanoes. It is scarcely necessary to say. according to our views of it. are supposed to be glimpses of the solid mass of the sun itself. the diameter of which orb is calculated to be 882. with near approaches to positive accuracy. I said to myself. we get the diameter of the circle. and their own experience in practice! Let them exercise their sublime and boasted reason. and adding to it the diameter of the earth. that are occasionally obtained through openings in this atmosphere. indeed. Of the substance of the sun it is not so easy to speak. even to bring within the compass of their imaginations truths that all their experiments. It was my duty to live my time.000 miles. We have calculated its distance from us at 237.Chapter numbers 8 was. by remembering that. can exist in the moon:--or. only to furnish new proofs of the insufficiency of any of earth. as to amount to something like other principles of being.

but their relative proximities to the sun have some such effect on their surfaces. or whether each function was performed by means of sensations and agencies too subtle to be detected by ordinary means. or rather known. and those of which the true surfaces were believed to be concealed from us. With Mars it is different. We are dazzled. in our case. and its orbit being without our own. however. that my youth was a period of innocent pleasures. in honor of the hand that gave them birth. that we could actually see. Both Venus and Mercury are nearer to us than Mars.000 of miles. as placing an object near a strong light is known to have on its appearance. during which my chief delight was to exhibit my simple but beautiful flowers." The latter was a melancholy day for me. with their several systems." I could have listened forever to this astronomer." answered the man of science. revolve around a common centre that is invisible to us. as they first emerge from a twelvemonths' winter. or esprit. when a scene of hurry and confusion succeeded. or the proudest oak of the forest--man or vegetable? My duty was clearly to glorify the dread Being who had produced all these marvels. The "rotting" was the most humiliating part of the process which followed. but which is the actual throne of God. when I hope it will be in my power to demonstrate their error. this was done in clear running water. esprit = soul or vital spirit } CHAPTER II. It was enough for me that I heard and understood. arriving prematurely as regarded my vegetable state. and the "crackling" the most uncomfortable. rendered more conspicuous.CHAPTER II. ceasing to envy any. I may say that my first great lessons in true philosophy were obtained in these lectures. it is one of no great density. and felt the goodness and glory of God. here. where I learned to distinguish between the finite and infinite. while I inclined to worship one. the comets that we note and measure being heavenly messengers. it is nevertheless so trifling as to produce no apparent change of position in thousands of the fixed stars that are believed to be the suns of other systems. I know there are those who will sneer at the supposition of a pocket-handkerchief possessing any mind. but let such have patience and read on. Mars and the Sun. Some conjecture even that all these suns. are thought to be light reflected from the snows of those regions. My destiny being toward a communion with man--or rather with woman--I have ever looked upon these silent communications with the astronomer as so much preparatory schooling. . of half a cubit in stature. system are as mere specks. It is even supposed that the tinge of the latter is that of reddish sand-stone. while two brilliant white spots. I will only say. though. Happily. to speak popularly. and cannot distinguish minutely. "I have told you." 9 I remember that one of the astronomer's pupils asked certain explanations here. at its poles. It mattered not whether my impressions were derived through organs called ears. but more decided in tint. each receiving it in a mode adapted to its own powers of improvement. "that they are the Moon. If this planet has any atmosphere at all. we can easily trace on its surface the outlines of seas and continents. At the proper season. at all. {avenir = future. as it might be.000. and to fulfil my time in worship. our own included. the whole field was laid low. and were communicated by others called those of speech. It is scarcely necessary to dwell on the scenes which occurred between the time I first sprang from the earth and that in which I was "pulled. The benevolence of Providence is extended to all its creatures. praise and contentment. Thus. constantly passing from one of these families of worlds to another. touching the planets that it was thought. since it was early determined that I was to be spun into threads of unusual fineness. whose lectures so profoundly taught lessons of humility to the created. and which were so replete with silent eulogies on the power of the Creator! What was it to me whether I were a modest plant. and not be blinded by an undue appreciation of the importance of its future associates. or melt in a summer of equal duration. in order that my mind might be prepared for its own avenir. we were spared the anguish which ordinarily accompanies breaking on the wheel. or disappearing. while our own change of positions is known to embrace an orbit of about 200. to which I find it exceedingly painful to turn in memory. like much of that known in our own world.

nay. being removed from all disagreeable sights and smells.CHAPTER II. to escape the consequences of our locales. in this rare fabric. Our sorrows were not heightened by the consciousness of undeserving. however. and would hear to nothing but the probability. In other words. Each of these individuals got a paper at a certain hour.law abdicated the French throne in 1830--Napoleon said of her that she was "the only man in her family"} It happened. {cambric = a fine white linen. is with the effect produced on the pocket-handkerchiefs. in person. .. The liberals had the best of it as to numbers. Neither of these persons had any concern with us. in the supposed interests of human freedom. and bestowed in a comfortable covering. we had that consolation of which no cruelty or device can deprive the unoffending. while the opposite extreme were disposed to think that nothing good could come of Nazareth. that one half of the piece extended into a part of the field that came under the management of a legitimist. if not months. This diversity of opinion. 10 though we could not be said to have entirely escaped from all its parade. of our being purchased. out of which order finally appeared in the shape of a piece of cambric. and indeed of honor. {"rotting" was. Some of our number were ambitious. and with singular perseverance as related to the difficulties to be overcome. though the narrative would be rendered more complete by an explanation. of a quality that brought the workmen far and near to visit it. My business. In this way. While the legitimist read nothing but the Moniteur. the certainty. The two extremes were regular cotes gauches and cotes droits. on a subject of which one would think none of us very well qualified to be judges.. four of our number became decided politicians. All around me seemed to be in a state of inextricable confusion. When properly folded. who reasoned as he reasoned. to a clientele of bleachers. devoutly believing that princes. men seldom failing to bestow this attention on their valuables. during which our chief communications were on the chances of our future fortunes. It was some weeks. the Moniteur possessing all the dullness of official dignity under all the dynasties and ministries that have governed France since its establishment. the Dauphine. daughter of King Louis XVI and wife of Louis Antoine of Artois. while the other invaded the dominions of a liberal." that it exceeds my powers to delineate. while I discovered that others entertained for her any feelings but those of veneration and respect. and presented to the dauphine. and while we endured some of the disgrace that attaches to mere forms. but it was impossible. a journal then recently established. who were daily mentioned with so much reverence and respect. Duchesse d'Angouleme = Marie Therese Charlotte (1778-1851). and not with that produced on the laborers. "retted") by soaking in water. = to prepare flax for weaving as linen it is softened (technically. then the first lady in France. the liberal read nothing but Le Temps. which he read with as much manner as he could command. We were a single family of only twelve. our time passed pleasantly enough. by the king. as soon as our arrival in Paris should be made known. swore by his oaths. and finally combed ("hatcheled")} There is a period. not only entertaining a sovereign contempt for the sides they respectively opposed. eldest son of King Charles X--she lost her chance to become queen when her father-in. originally from Cambray in Flanders} It is out of my power to say precisely how long we remained in this passive state in the hands of the manufacturer. among which I remember that I occupied the seventh place in the order of arrangement. we being under the special superintendence of the head workman. could be nothing else but perfect. however. but beginning to feel sensations approaching to hatred for each other. was owing to a circumstance of such every-day occurrence as almost to supersede the necessity of telling it. altogether impossible. all at the right end of the piece became devoted Bourbonists. Duke of Angouleme. while we lay in the bleaching grounds. and possibly as to wit. The virtues of the Duchesse d'Angouleme were properly appreciated by some of us. and finally arrived at all his conclusions. Innocence was our shield. separated from its woody fibers by beating ("scutched"--this seems to be what Cooper means by "crackling"). {Dauphine = Crown Princess. which occurred between the time of being "hatcheled" and that of being "woven. and of course in the order of seniority also. and lodged in a place of great security.

and even worse than republican. how prominent were these early impressions. the daughter and sister of a king. I may be said. I wish. 11 {bleaching grounds = open spaces where newly woven linen is spread to whiten in the sun. Duchesse d'Angouleme. however. 1830. acquiring most intensity at the extremes. John. = this paragraph refers to controversies. who then presided in the Palais Royal. I. with . they seldom obtain other than very questionable information. as I believe she wishes herself. and permit their feelings to become excited concerning interests that they are certainly not destined to control. by the cote droit of our piece.. Amelie. well knowing that we were altogether in the hands of caprice and fashion.handkerchief kindly.. Marie Therese Charlotte. no unworthy sentiments entering into my decision. 46: "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth"} The reader will readily understand that these feelings lessened toward the centre of the piece. inasmuch as we all knew that we could only vegetate while we continued where we then were. let it be foreign or domestic. that being my accidental position in the fabric. declaring that if royalty WAS to be my lot. it was the common wish that we might not be separated. There were a few among us who spoke of the Duchesse de Berri as our future mistress. but with as little prospects as desires of becoming a queen in her own person. but the notion prevailed that we should so soon pass into the hands of a femme de chambre. Both were mistaken. Duke of Berry. i. It will be seen. femme de chambre = lady's maid} At length the happy moment arrived when we were to quit the warehouse of the manufacturer. while the cote gauche sneered at it as manifesting a sneaking regard for station without the spirit to avow it. legitimist. In the end we wisely and philosophically determined to await the result with patience. {daughter of Louis XVI = the dauphine. and leftist ("cote gauche" = left side) liberals. in the end. Some looked forward to the glories of a banker's daughter's trousseau.e. between rightist ("cote droit" = right side) legitimists. Accident had made me acquainted with the virtues of this estimable woman.--while some even fancied that the happiness of traveling in company was reserved for us before we should be called regularly to enter on the duties of life. daughter of King Ferdinand IV of Naples. {Duchesse de Berri = Marie Caroline (1798-1870). Let what would happen. that the notion we were about to fall into the hands of the unfortunate daughter of Louis XVI excited considerable commotion and disgust among us.. this was a source of joy. who read the official "Moniteur" newspaper and supported the absolutist Bourbon monarchy of King Charles X. and I felt assured that she would treat even a pocket. who read "Le Temps" and argued for reform or revolution.. and how far it is worth while for mere pocket-handkerchiefs to throw away their time. before the French "July Revolution" of 1830. and that too without experiencing the delights of our former position. as to render the selection little desirable.--we all understood that our PRICE would be too high for any of the old nobility. sister of King Francis I of The Two Sicilies--reluctantly became queen in France when her husband the Duke of Orleans seized the throne from Charles X on July 31. Though very moderate in my political antipathies and predilections. and on the whole were affectionate as became brothers and sisters. she had never been a queen. wife of Charles Ferdinand of Artois. Amelie = Marie Amelie (1782-1866). when it was a natural consequence to obtain sentiments of this shade. {centre gauche = center left. second son of King Charles X. moderate left} It followed from this state of feeling. This wish of mine was treated as groveling.CHAPTER II. I would prefer not to ascend any higher on the scale than to become the property of that excellent princess. and was proclaimed King Louis Philippe of the French} All our family did not aspire as high as royalty. myself. and about which. under the most favorable circumstances. As we were so closely connected. This early opinion has been confirmed by her deportment under very trying and unexpected events. but go together into the same wardrobe. to have belonged to the centre gauche. "nothing good could come of Nazareth" = from the Bible. that of prince or plebeian. I confess to some excitement in my own case. mentioned above.

confidential commissionaire = special messenger} Great was the satisfaction of our little party as we first drove down through the streets of this capital of Europe--the centre of fashion and the abode of elegance. Notwithstanding this accidental introduction to one of the nicest distinctions of good society. Soap. We knew very well that things of this sort were considered vulgar. Mrs. of which it was to be our fortune to enjoy in future the most delicate and judicious communion. barrieres = gates at the edge of Paris. unless of the purest quality and used with the tact of good society. whether figurative or real. with his only . and long did I riot in that delightful odor. to feast her eyes on the treasure in her own hands. or conceal a blush or a smile. I had left my heart in Picardie. The odor of these two scents. but the usitatissimum had been left behind us in the fields. the same day. The circumstances which called them forth were as follows: The manufactory in which our family was fabricated was formerly known as the Chateau de la Rocheaimard. I do not say I was in love. and I am quite sure that the sensations I experienced were different from those I have since had frequent occasion to hear described. and the next morning we were all transferred to a celebrated shop that dealt in articles of our genus. for no handkerchief of our quality was ever employed on any of the more menial offices of the profession. or exquisite eau de cologne. the commissionaire. appeared quite natural to us. fiacre = a kind of carriage. Madame Savon. Most of the goods were sent on drays to the magazin. and we reached Paris on the first day of the succeeding month. which was just strong enough to fill the air with sensations. and we no longer pined for the luxuries of the linum usitatissimum. dieux! = dear me!. or articles (as these things are technically termed).CHAPTER III. to satisfy us. ciels! = good heavens!. like other people. or barrieres. amidst a hundred dieux! ciels! and dames! Our fineness and beauty were extolled in a manner that was perfectly gratifying to the self-esteem of the whole family. where local customs duties were collected. I am far from certain that there is any precedent for a pocket-handkerchief's being in love at all. on a pocket-handkerchief. Our departure from Picardie took place in June. of inferior quality to pollute her shop. {usitatissimum had been left behind = the species name of linen means "most useful". 12 good roots in the earth. Desiree. To own the truth. and had probably seen enough of vegetation. The vicomte and his wife joined the royalists at Coblentz. deeming us of too much value to be left on a carriage seat. therefore. articles = short for "articles de Paris" or Parisian specialties. Douane = customs house. and balmy airs fanning our cheeks. Madame Savon imagined that even her perfumes would be more fragrant in such company. magazin = shop. making the journey between the Douane and the shop on the knee of a confidential commissionaire. and the former. We might occasionally brush a lady's cheek. We went through the formalities of the custom-houses. which we well understood was to be one of pure parade. The fiacre stopped at the door of a celebrated perfumer. north of Evreux. and as Madame Savon never allowed any perfume. but our reputation having preceded us. I was far from being perfectly happy. we were honored with a fiacre. a genial sun shedding its warmth upon our bosom. but still it was permitted to sprinkle a very little lavender. {Picardie = province of France. This was our introduction to the pleasant association of sweet odors. Madame Savon = literally. 1830. too. dames = my oh my!} CHAPTER III. we had no scruples about inhaling the delightful fragrance that breathed in the place. and the commissionaire. I was the happy handkerchief that was thus favored. We loved change. and the general exhilaration that prevailed in our party. took us in her hand while she negotiated a small affair with its mistress. The handkerchiefs were unfolded. Our natures had adapted themselves to circumstances. but were ready to enter into all the pleasures of our new existence. and had been the property of the Vicomte de la Rocheaimard previously to the revolution that overturned the throne of Louis XVI. and she insisted on letting one drop--a single drop--of her eau de cologne fall on the beautiful texture. could not depart without permitting her friend. rather than impressions of all that is sweet and womanly in the female wardrobe.

was an old servant of the vicomte's. marrying a few years later. but which was probably owing to the circumstance that there was no one in particular to interest themselves in the matter. and submission to parental authority are inculcated equally by the morals and the laws of France. for le bon vieux temps. Both the parents died before the Restoration. She was taught most that is suitable for a gentlewoman. The wars.CHAPTER III. I first saw Adrienne in one of these visits. At the Restoration. But the daughter of the late King got intelligence of the necessities of the two descendants of Crusaders. Here Madame de la Rocheaimard whiled away the close of a varied and troubled life. a cousin whose fortunes were at as low an ebb as his own. but an old woman of sixty-five and a little girl of four. this conseille de famille was easily assembled. was the sole issue of this marriage. still not in absolute misery. a marechal du camp. even to the nouveaux riches of America. but her smiles were sweetness and benevolence itself. Respect for years. giving a religious credence to all it contained. but it sufficed to give Adrienne and her grandmother a comfortable. had joined the allies in their attempted invasion on the soil of France. if not in absolute peace. and even a respectable subsistence in the provinces. now converted into a workshop and filled with machinery. who survived. and to sigh. had both polished and stored her mind. One of the bleachers. guillotined in 1793. la vicomtesse. de la Rocheaimard was fond of coming in the fine mornings of June. marechal du camp = general commanding a brigade. has been the subject of frequent comment among travelers. but I am inclined to think that much of it is. Such appellants. Adrien de la Rocheaimard. and of French people. had fallen in battle. a man who remembered her grandfather. a little so in practice. the guillotine and exile had reduced it to two. without being crammed with superfluous accomplishments. and it was a source of pleasure to him to point out any thing to the ladies that he thought might prove interesting. It was impossible for them to inhabit the chateau. and a pension of two thousand francs a year was granted. a miracle of goodness and pious devotion to her sole surviving parent. en attendant = for the time being} Four hundred dollars a year does not appear a large sum. to descant on the former grandeur of her house. and had it not been for the goodness of the dauphine it is probable that the vicomtesse and her grand-daughter would have been reduced to downright beggary. The strength of the family tie in France. interest. unsupported by money. that supervised the care of minors in France. but the son escaped. Her manners were of the excellent tone that distinguished the good society of Paris before the revolution. I do not know that all which has been said is rigidly just. and aids greatly in maintaining that system of patriarchal rule which lies at the foundation of the whole social structure. in a feeble old age. {Rocheaimard = both the Chateau and the family are fictitious. one of which was despotic in her government. leaving the little girl to the care of her pious grandmother. in common with so many others. on the whole grew up tolerably happy. for many of the roses and lovely Persian lilacs that once abounded there still remained. late King = Louis XVI. being natural. This was the man who so diligently read the Moniteur. and its comparative weakness in America. I see no particular reason why the fact should be concealed. or power. seldom make out a very strong case for reparation of any sort. so far as theory was concerned at least. as I am now writing to Americans. and it . Still Adrienne. simple and considerate. She seldom laughed. deference to the authors of their being. He fancied no hand so worthy to hold fabrics of such exquisite fineness as that of Mademoiselle Adrienne. supervised by a judge. cure = priest} The bleaching grounds of our manufactory were in the old park of the chateau. Alas! in the case of the excellent Adrienne. en attendant. aided by the good cure. le bon vieux temps = the good old days. but lodgings were procured in its immediate vicinity. or the Chevalier de la Rocheaimard. possibly. The vicomte. Adrienne. One child. quiet. and. and possessed perfect unanimity. at times. indeed. in this righteous world of ours. Thither Mad. and. The conseilles de famille is a beautiful and wise provision of the national code. the quality of our little family circle attracting her attention. 13 son. a difficulty I never heard explained. and passed his youth in exile. {conseille de famille = council of relatives. I fear. while her grand-daughter grew into young womanhood. there was some difficulty in establishing the right of the de la Rocheaimards to their share of the indemnity. as he was usually termed. having been born in the year 1810.

Monsieur Georges. She was slight and delicate in person. as the sweet girl often alluded to her poverty in a way so simple and natural. I believe it had twice the number. left or right. THERE I left the remains of my trousseau when I fled from France. virtuous girl need not have blushed because estates were torn from her parents by a political convulsion that had overturned an ancient and powerful throne. down to the melancholy period of the revolution. Adrienne de la Rocheaimard was then just twenty. The manufactory had saved the chateau. as he says. as for the trousseau." {dans de bon vieux temps = in the good old days. she herself could be comparatively happy. "kept many of the beautiful garments of her trousseau untouched. on the right hand side of the little door of my dressing-room--" {armoire = cupboard or closet } "Madame la Vicomtesse will have the goodness to pardon me--it was on the LEFT hand side of the room--Monsieur's medals were kept in the opposite armoire. Georges. and addressing Georges." "It has been a mine of wealth to me. and the manufacturers had spared my wardrobe. is nowhere surpassed. but which. 14 was through his assiduity that I had the honor of being first placed within the gentle pressure of her beautiful little fingers. Still it was well understood that Adrienne was not likely to marry. while her poverty placed an almost insuperable barrier between her and most of the impoverished young men of rank whom she occasionally saw. too. This occurred about a month before our departure for Paris. . And why should she? Poverty ordinarily causes no such sensations to those who are conscious of possessing advantages of an order superior to wealth." Georges always gave his old mistress this title of honor. in behalf of that dear child. as to prove that she had no false feelings on that subject. Her smile. of fair hair and complexion. Her beauty was of a character that is not common in France. and so long as that venerated relative. Its sale. examining me through her spectacles. the ladies of the chateau did not want for these things. corbeille = wedding presents from a bridegroom. was of so winning and gentle a nature. Adrienne!--he has a memory! Your grandfather insisted on keeping his medals in my dressing-room. and I certainly felt a little tremor in the hand which held me. mon ami. when it does exist. her birth raising her above all intentions of connecting her ancient name with mere gold. There were six dozen in my corbeille. to hearken to her wisdom." I thought the slight color which usually adorned the fair oval cheeks of Adrienne deepened a little at this remark. and its materials. "Dans le bon vieux temps. trousseau = wedding outfit} "I remember that madame. who stood. and there I found it untouched on my return. she lived more for her grandmother than for herself. as to announce a disposition pregnant with all the affections. "dans le bon vieux temps." "Our good Georges is right. and surely a well-educated." said the vicomtesse.CHAPTER III. but it could not have been shame. have done much toward rendering that dear child respectable and well clad. Well. but very little inferior. But of this the charming girl never thought. hat in hand. You may remember that this trousseau was kept in the old armoire. and with the meekest and most dove-like blue eyes I ever saw in a female face. since our return. did not suffer or repine. almost the only one that remained to her on earth. that were almost as fine as this. well-born. Even the power of the dauphine was not sufficient to provide Adrienne de la Rocheaimard with a suitable husband.

in the rue de Bourbon. which gives a particular zest to this sort of commerce. the violence of all dissensions being very generally in proportion to the ignorance and consequent confidence of the disputants. 15 CHAPTER IV. Here. Rosny = Chateau of Rosny. Never before had Adrienne seen a fabric as beautiful as our own. It is true. {faubourg = neighborhood . but for a severe illness that attacked the dear girl. . always accompanied by her grandmother. and. that it may be questioned if the handkerchiefs of that end of the piece would have behaved themselves in the wardrobe of the dauphine with the discretion and prudence that are expected from every thing around the person of a princess of her exalted rank and excellent character. and princely munificence in our delicacy. when there was a lively dispute whether we were to be put at a certain number of napoleons. and who was at the head of fashion in the faubourg. were reserved for the eyes of certain distinguished but absent customers. Alas! how different was the estimation in which we were held by Desiree and her employers. none of us understood the questions at issue. in order to present them to her benefactress. All minds that do not possess the natural sources of exclusion. like our family. are fond of creating them by means of a subordinate and more artificial character. Fifteen or twenty napoleons might do it. whence she was expected to accompany that princess to Dieppe. as the commissionaire laid us down before the eyes of the wife of the head of the firm. during which her life was even despaired of. Mad. as it was. la Duchesse. Madame = title of Princess Marie Therese Charlotte. and I found that it was expected that a certain lady of that rank. She saw her offering in our beauty. such a feeling existed in our extreme cote gauche. Perhaps it was as well. A good deal was said about Mad. It is probable this intention would have been carried out. These specialites in trade are of frequent occurrence in Paris. >From this time. along with a few other favorite articles.. I had the happiness of hearing of her gradual recovery. even to the most exaggerated republican among us. with madame. one who had enjoyed the extraordinary luck of retaining her fortune. by this time. and the remains of the recovered trousseau would still produce that sum. wife of the Dauphin Louis Antoine. however. before we commenced our journey. and of working and ornamenting the handkerchiefs. being of an old and historical family. she being at the moment at Rosny. and to own that which no one else can own. or one napoleon more.CHAPTER IV. as I afterwards discovered. she could enter into the sentiment of a pockethandkerchief. In a word. are equally agreeable. but to watch the improvement in our appearance was the reason. it was determined no one should see us until this lady returned to town. heir to Charles X} Accordingly. for. would become the purchaser. and not unfrequently a particular value to goods. and with the sweeter smiles of the polished and gentle girl we had left in Picardie. we were safely deposited in a particular drawer. though no more was said of the purchase. At all events. in the rue de -------. for she seemed to go deeper in her examination of merits than the mere texture and price. and form a pleasant bond of union between the buyer and seller. {napoleon = French gold coin worth twenty francs} I could not but remember Adrienne. to come back to her hotel. her own gratitude in our exquisite fineness. about the last of October. and we determined among ourselves to exercise patience in the best manner we could. It was useless to repine. she was laying by a few francs with the intention of purchasing the piece. the benevolence of the dauphine in our softness. were we doomed to three months of total seclusion in the heart of the gayest capital of Europe. To see that which no one else has seen. it was becoming in a de la Rocheaimard. There was a sentiment in HER admiration that touched all our hearts. country estate of the Dukes of Berry at Rosny-sur-Seine. With them. and they soon began to speak of it openly in their visits. the dauphine. de la Rocheaimard was pleased with this project. and delightfully exclusive. The presence of Georges was an excuse. and pronounced "parfaits. the charming Adrienne frequently visited the bleaching grounds. that. but that only made the matter worse. then. and we had not been in the magazin five minutes." still it was not in the sweet tones. We were carefully examined. it was purely a question of francs.

The following morning neither windows nor doors were opened. the ultimate results of the Revolution were a serious disappointment. This was like removing to a fashionable square. Thus completely deranged as parties. the next thing we knew. our mistress came in person. we took to discussing philosophical matters in general. {Les ordonnances = four decrees establishing absolute rule. issued by King Charles X on July 25. beyond a question. and we passed a gloomy time of uncertainty and conjecture. with her own hands. for all sorts of persons frequent that centre of civilization. in her hurry and fright. our political order reestablished. and which the cote gauche. but that next it was in constant use. and the installation of the Duke of Orleans as Louis Philippe I. about les ordonnances. and then we were taken below and restored to the dignity of the select circle in the drawer already mentioned. and certain crevices beneath the counter enabled us to see a little. which touched off the July Revolution. speaking in a confident and decided tone. King of the French--Cooper was living in Paris during this period. the next it was worse still. in the way of business. we might have passed a most uncomfortable time in the trunk. and he was a close friend of the Marquis de Lafayette who played a major part in the Revolution and its aftermath. From that moment all traces of what was occurring in the streets of Paris were lost to us. After all. in her own estimation. At length the master and mistress appeared by themselves in the shop. {cancans = scandals (French slang)} We had been near a month in the drawer. 1830. money and papers were secured. Paris is a town in which cancans do not usually flourish. and to hear more. their proper theatre being provincial and trading places. she had actually forgotten in what nook we had been concealed. of what passed in the magazin. whereas in Paris they are kept in shadow. and in the most conspicuous of the grouping. seized us with no very reverent hands. when we least expected so great a change. though he returned there from Italy and Germany a few days after the July Revolution itself. when she suddenly came back to the counter. and cancans we overheard. So great had been the hurry of our mistress in thus shutting us up. Some of us thought we heard the roar of distant artillery. Still there are cancans at Paris. or living in a beau quartier of a capital. The shop was frequented less than usual that day. to talk politics. and. I presume her position there was not of the most exalted kind. It seems that. leading to his abdication on July 31. still there ARE cancans at Paris. The drawer was never opened. it is true. "Les ordonnances" were in her mouth constantly. These generally related to cancans. As our feelings had become excited on the questions of the day. an occupation well adapted to a situation that required so great an exercise of discretion. and the clerks began to talk loud. I think we enjoyed our new situation. and making allusions that showed she belonged to the court. There were ominous sounds in the streets. and precisely in the manner I have related. yet it was sufficiently so to qualify her. the cancans are in the strongest light. searched several chests. also. for Cooper and many others. as well as those of other irrational beings around us. One day. We were in a part of the shop most frequented by ladies. when I recognized a female voice near us. and finally discovered us where she had laid us. and it was easy to perceive that she attached the greatest importance to these ordinances. We were smoothed with care. since the new King seemed rapidly to become almost as conservative as the old} Our imprisonment lasted until the following December. and in the background. that in the social pictures offered by what are called cities. that I had often heard of late. The only difference is. and fancied a political millennium was near. whatever they were.CHAPTER IV. trunks and drawers.handkerchiefs have ears. and buried in Egyptian darkness. {specialites = specialties } 16 On the whole. Did pretty ladies remember that pocket. that we had been crammed in in a way to leave it impossible to say which was the cote droit. It was even better than removing from East Broadway into . they might possibly have more reserve in the indulgence of this extraordinary propensity. near four months before. and we overheard a few tete-a-tetes that were not without amusement.handkerchief in a revolution. it is not so very disagreeable to be only a pocket. opened our drawer. and the female was just retiring to an inner room. but for one circumstance. the whole twelve of us were thrust into a trunk upstairs. rather than otherwise.

Still. Chapter VIII (1546)} The groans over the state of trade were loud and deep among those who lived by its innocent arts. This was as became a republican reign.. on the great principle of liberty and equality. madame.e. 1830. their reign had not yet fairly commenced. men must eat. The royal family were in England. and aristocracy in Paris. league-long.Chapter VIII bona fide. Our prospects were varied daily. and which still troubled Europe. The police foresaw this. or they who dye their hands in the blood of their kind. de Crillons. an honest development of democracy is certain to be stigmatized as tainted with this crime. and trade was permitted to revive a little. this estimable class of citizens had not dared to indulge their native tastes for extravagance and parade. {il y a Bourbon et Bourbon = there are Bourbons and Bourbons (i. and. In the latter country. If revolutionized Paris would not buy as the jour de l'an approached. "Proverbes". she preferred to show her distaste for the present order of things. the holidays were near. de Grammonts. Broadway! {beau quartier = swanky neighborhood . and we were thrown fairly into the market. de Rohans. No governor would dare to pardon it. they're all the same). Chapter VIII (1546)}"> Part II. &c. The dauphine. just at that moment. as a national guard. Like most of the high nobility. know WHY they vote. our master passed half his time under arms. &c. was almost in as bad odor as it is in America. Alas! how little do they who vote. then. eighty feet wide. THEIR fortunes were . a bouder. by remaining at her chateau. All expectations of selling us to HER were abandoned. The Bourbons were again dethroned." Commerce was at a standstill. why the deed has been done! {jour de l'an = New Years Day} The duchesse had not returned to Paris. The result has since shown that "what is bred in the bone will break out in the flesh. Previously to July.. neither had she emigrated." or.. as it was termed. unequaled. de la Tremouilles. real. Broadway = in New York City. were out of the question. Pocket-handkerchiefs of OUR calibre would be thought decidedly aristocratic. in order to keep the revolutionists from revolutionizing the revolution. It would seem il y a Bourbon et Bourbon. where it ranks as an eighth deadly sin. and it ceased to agitate. and the high nobility were very generally on their "high ropes.. by which the youngest prince of a numerous family had been put upon the throne of the oldest. the grave dignity and high breeding of a very ancient but impoverished nobility holding them in some restraint." = a possibly deliberate misquotation of "It will not out of the flesh that is bred in the bone" from John Heywood. The great families had laid aside their liveries. As for the bankers. and another Bourbon seated in their place. the Orleans branch excepted. most of them their arms.. of course} 17 We now had an opportunity of learning some of the great events that had recently occurred in France. Paris must have a new dynasty. some of them their coaches. though no one seems to know precisely what it means. who rightly enough believed that primogeniture and birth were of the last importance to THEM. in order to bring the republicans into discredit. and all the de Rochefoucaulds. and hope revived. "What is bred in the bone.

I thought. and a faint smile on her features. {fleurs de lys = symbol of the Bourbon monarchs} CHAPTER V. was at hand. and her inquiries were about a piece of cambric handkerchiefs. but I could not conceal from myself the unpleasant fact that she was much less expensively clad. when my deliverance unexpectedly occurred. Again and again were we shown to those who. Still I thought there was a slight flush on the cheek of the poor girl. Jacques Lafitte = French financier (1767-1844) who supported the 1830 July Revolution. the term mean would be equally inapplicable to her present appearance. as hungry flies to follow flies with full bellies. It was a female. the effects of her late illness. For one. and the king laid down his arms. I fear it was the dullness of trade. and her tongue found utterance. relieved by a faultless. A day of deliverance. It is to be worked--if it--" The words came slowly. It might be better to say that. she even showed the customer one or two pieces of much inferior quality. Little did she understand human nature. we enjoyed ample leisure for observation and thought. I thought our mistress would have had the hysterics on our account. At that last uttered. yet. There was nothing of the customary alertness in the manner of our mistress. on the first demand. madame. she appeared desirous of speaking." "I feared as much--and yet I have occasion for only ONE. and. one day. It was in February. to my surprise. = various French noble families. by the wife or daughter of some of the operatives at the Bourse. a man to ennoble any calling. "to part with one of these?" "Your pardon. All appeared to eschew aristocracy. This it was that had prevented our mistress from showing her fabrics as fine as we. notwithstanding. before we were produced. though the expression is scarcely just. who are as certain to succeed an old and displaced class of superiors. until a deep rosy blush settled on each cheek. the funds were not firm. for the nouveaux riches. Had we been brought into the market a twelvemonth later. and. it was thought. however. . of course. I say less expensively clad. and I do believe our mistress had abandoned the expectation of disposing of us that season. would have been much more apt to run into extravagance and folly. that induced our mistress to depart from her rule. and even the honorable and worthy Jacques Lafitte. handkerchiefs of this quality are seldom sold singly. without there being any material revival of trade. however. for I had never seen her in attire that could properly be called expensive at all. The poor girl was paler and thinner than when I had last seen her. perhaps of pinched economy in her present attire. even a fastidious neatness and grace. doubtless. "Would it suit you. than persons always accustomed to money. feeling as if one had been expressly designed for the other. could not fail to yield to our beauty. The day the fleurs de lys were cut out of the medallions of the treasury. there was an air of severe. even in their pocket-handkerchiefs. but no one would purchase. the sound of the sweet girl's voice died entirely away. was shaking in credit. The holidays were over. a bouder = silent. when I heard a gentle voice speaking near the counter. in tones which struck me as familiar. which to me seemed like the bridal of a girl dying to rush into the dissipations of society. as if dreading a repulse. and they were spoken with difficulty. which she said had been sent to this shop from a manufactory in Picardie. I recognized the beautifully turned form and sweet face of Adrienne de la Rocheaimard. and who did not depend on its exhibition for their importance. {de Rochefoucaulds. The moment I got into the light. etc.Chapter VIII 18 still uncertain. Bourse = stock exchange} As it was. Then Adrienne hesitated. as she instantly recognized us for old acquaintances." she asked. mademoiselle. there is no question that we should have been caught up within a week. I own I was delighted at finding her soft fingers again brushing over my own exquisite surface. Her color went and came. and yet abashed. rather than any considerations of benevolence.

she delivered herself of her doubts. "It is worth another franc. pale as death. and brushed the first tear of happiness from her eye that she had shed in months. It was enough to be liberated. by an act of volition of which pocket-handkerchiefs are little suspected. napoleon = gold coin worth twenty francs} There was a strange mixture of sorrow and delight in the countenance of Adrienne. The woman. if you take the dozen. at a napoleon a piece--"the price is five and twenty francs. {revolution for other people = as he suggests frequently in this story. while her sister was forming weak plots in behalf of her . madame" she said. attracted by the odor of the eau de cologne. for all sense of shame was lost in intense apprehension. mademoiselle--" she had offered the day before to sell us to the wife of one of the richest agents de change in Paris. and from which I had learned a wisdom so profound. to get into the fresh air. 19 "The price of each handkerchief is five and twenty francs. it may be had for eight and twenty. in a faint voice. as if the air wafted me. and then she seemed instantly to regret her own precipitation. looked intently at the other." said Adrienne." {agents de change = stockbrokers. while the cote gauche was just beginning to discover that it had made a revolution for other people. too. she instantly pointed me out as the handkerchief she selected. madame. Then it was happiness itself to be with Adrienne. "to cut a handkerchief from the CENTRE of the piece. the whole amounting to just twenty-eight francs seven sous. but it had no fellow. I confess my own delight was so great that I did not fully appreciate." she said. for an instant. The purse was emptied. in particular. and then she swept the money into her drawer. Still her trembling hands did their duty. Then two ten-sous were produced. That she ardently desired the handkerchief was beyond dispute." The pain of Adrienne was now too manifest for concealment. at the time. in this he shared the views of his friend the Marquis de Lafayette. mademoiselle. Seven more francs appeared in single pieces. "I fear I have not so much money with me. Could it be that the grateful girl still intended to make her offering to the Duchesse de d'Angouleme? Ah! no--that princess was in exile. were rendering our family unpleasant. and that the new government of King Louis Philippe proved little better than the old reactionary one of King Charles X. all the hardship of the case. who as head of the French National Guard had been one of the leaders of the July Revolution in Paris} The reader may be certain that my imagination was all alive to conjecture the circumstances which had brought Adrienne de la Rocheaimard to Paris. Before making the final separation from the piece. The politics. A gold napoleon promised well. after which nothing remained but copper. and. the hero of the American Revolution. nor could I see those stars on which I so much doated. and the reticule rummaged. and why she had been so assiduous in searching me out.CHAPTER V. to be about to fulfill my proper destiny. I was tired of that sort of vegetation in which I neither grew. the cote droit was becoming supercilious--it had always been illogical. {sou = a small coin (5 centimes)--20 sous equal one franc} "I have no more. and yet there existed some evident obstacle to her wishes. Adrienne took me up and glided from the shop. Cooper believed that the promise of the July Revolution was betrayed. Our mistress passed her scissors between me and my neighbor of the cote gauche. content with having extorted from this poor girl more than she would have dared to ask of the wife of the agent de change. as if she feared her dear bought prize would yet be torn from her. nor was watered by tears. rather than not oblige you. but as you appear to wish only ONE. but she did not hesitate. and her purse was produced. who had been trained in the school of suspicion. I threw up a fold of my gossamer-like texture. and when I felt the dear girl pressing me to her heart.

and nothing political or dynastic. This knowledge did not burst upon me at once. Duchesse de Berry. while in the performance of their proper functions. most inopportunely. and others followed by a species of magnetic induction. and gone deliberately into the consideration of her circumstances. Every thing now devolved on the timid. she had fortunately paid six months' rent in advance. had the state of the country rendered it at all probable that a situation could have been procured. and a little time. so terrible to the grandmother and her dependent child. or a companion. gentle. When this tale is told. had long been kept in view. both must have begged. These lodgings were in an entresol of the Place Royale. and the day of payment arrived and passed. but the situation of Mad. in the autumn of 1830. Paris was the best place in which to dispose of her effects. and thither she and Adrienne came. Old age. and became bed-ridden. had still sufficient energy to direct their proceedings. for some time to come. as these meritorious public servants. who had already witnessed so many vicissitudes. her sister = her sister-in-law Marie Caroline. offered indifferent resources for the seller. vexation. {Duchesse d'Angouleme = Marie Therese Charlotte. The shops were first tried. and fortunately the old lady. which I cannot now stop to explain. or thrust into drawers for the vulgar purposes of trade. and the vicomtesse saw her little stores diminish daily. I have already hinted that pocket-handkerchiefs do not receive and communicate ideas. de la Rocheaimard forbade any attempt of the sort. for with me there is no empiricism--every thing proceeds from cause to effect. In anticipation of a long residence. it is true. Had it not been for the remains of the trousseau. and in many respects were highly eligible. to which all the editors in the country will receive the usual free tickets. as to time. a beneficent nature scorning to exercise her benevolence for any but legitimate objects. I propose to lecture on the subject. was necessary to make me fully acquainted with the whole. in moments of urgent necessity. This blow. and this last most cruel blow. that this instinct is dormant. Adrienne's patron. The possibility of Adrienne's being compelled to become a governess. look to the resource of imparting a portion of what they themselves have acquired. for the Mont de Piete was obliged to regulate its own proceedings by the received current values of the day. They possess a clairvoyance that is always available under favorable circumstances. with some progressive steps. thus removing from Adrienne the apprehension of having no place in which to cover her head. the Dauphine. without a moment's delay. as well as her various causes of hope and fear. 20 son. to others of their own sex.CHAPTER V. unpracticed Adrienne. by means of the organs in use among human beings. but the shops. or pressed against her beating heart. . had occurred. who led an unsuccessful revolt against the new regime} By virtue of this power. and. The vicomtesse sunk under this accumulation of misfortunes. I had not long been held in the soft hand of Adrienne. helpless. I now mean legitimacy as connected with cause and effect. for the moment. and querulous. The simplest things became the first apparent. {somnambules = sleep walkers. did not fail of effecting that which might have been foreseen. On this fearful exigency. without becoming the master of all her thoughts. which a double treachery was about to defeat. at least. when the world cannot fail of knowing quite as much. {Mont de Piete = traditional term for a municipal pawn shop operated to help the poor} Poverty had compelled Mad. too. a perfectly reputable and private part of the town. as is pretended to be the case with certain somnambules. Adrienne had aroused all her energies. was the very important one that the vicomtesse had lost all her usual means of support by the late revolution. The crisis called for decision. editors = Cooper had very little respect for the press} The first fact that I learned. and the consequent exile of the dauphine. It is only while crowded into bales. Valuable effects were there daily sold for a twentieth part of their original cost. All females of her condition. or perished of want. A half year's pension was nearly due at the moment the great change occurred. leaving these two females literally without twenty francs. in countries advanced in civilization like France. for the consideration of a considerable abatement in price. de la Rocheaimard to seek the cheapest respectable lodgings she could find on reaching town. In their case the mesmeritic trance may be said to be ever in existence.

delighted with her acquisition. and. he kept his word. She knew to what shop we had been sent in Paris. In point of fact. It is true she had a few very distant relatives. but his benevolence soon wearied of performing offices that really were not required. and a little change. when thus decorated. The vicomtesse had a pride in looking at it. to supply the vacuum left in her purse. Adrienne remembered our family. nor did the situation of her grandmother render them very necessary. {entresol = mezzanine. before her mind's eye. in waiting for the moment she so much dreaded. we can make out to live that time on what we have. and she would never consent to part with it. by eating less myself. Adrienne had not lost a moment. Of her own future lot. they were as beings in another planet. While reflecting on these dire necessities. to bestow on the handkerchief selected some of her own beautiful needle work. and she could not return home without disposing of some article she had in her reticule. though fearful glimpses would obtrude themselves on her uneasy imagination. and. pray on. to raise a sum sufficient for all her grandmother's earthly wants. Adrienne had taken her way along the quays. at the commencement of the revolution of 1789. all the care of her grandmother. The cost had materially exceeded her expectations. to trim it with this lace. But the trousseau was nearly exhausted. and by severe economy. Adrienne was content to watch on. This store was now nearly exhausted. and all trace of them had long been lost. with the intention of disposing of it." This was the secret of my purchase. however. and the females were grandmothers with English names. but her means could not pay for his visits. "by taking the time I have used for exercise. and she now determined to purchase one of us. He promised to call occasionally without fee. and the still more important task of finding the means of subsistence. and the true reason why this lovely girl had literally expended her last sou in making it. and that without delay. and. as Adrienne had heard that twenty napoleons were sometimes paid by the wealthy for a single pocket-handkerchief. low-ceilinged area between between the first and second floors} 21 For quite a month the poor desolate girl contrived to provide for her grandmother's necessities. that which was to sever the last tie she appeared to possess on earth. and this piece of lace must be turned to account in some way. that had never been even worn. Many of the menial offices. "I can do the work in two months. and were almost ignorant of any such persons as the de la Rocheaimards. were to be performed by the wife of the porter. leaving to poor Adrienne. the poor girl thought as little as possible. Generous souls are usually ardent. and there was little in the lodgings to meet the necessities of her grandmother. She foresaw that her grandmother must die. It was absolutely necessary to decide on some new scheme for a temporary subsistence. the duties of nurse and cook. and the stock of ready money was reduced to a single napoleon." she said to herself. nothing disposable remained of her grandmother's. for it showed the traces of her former wealth and magnificence. By the end of a month. that she would not sell it. and working harder. the milliner. but they had emigrated to America. by the sale. weep on. the men were dead. she saw a little treasure in reserve. was going fast. and to give her decent and Christian burial. however. by disposing of the different articles of the trousseau.CHAPTER V. for a short time. but the price offered was so greatly below what she knew to be the true value. To her. Adrienne had carried it once to her employer. Among the valuables of the trousseau was a piece of exquisite lace. Her own wardrobe. At first she had employed a physician. From these Adrienne had nothing to expect. Adrienne saw him no more. but had begun this system of ill-requited industry long before her money was exhausted. and she had found a milliner who gave her a miserable pittance for toiling with her needle eight or ten hours each day. There would be nothing ready for the milliner. whose room she seldom quitted. Their hopes keep pace with their wishes. As long as her daily toil seemed to supply her own little wants. too. and the great object of her present existence was to provide for the few remaining wants of this only relative during the brief time she had yet to live. according to the bargain. under two or three days. .

Its price had been a napoleon. the last sou I can think of giving is five francs. was a mint of money in her eyes. she begged the pittance offered as a boon. "I have a thimble to dispose of--could you be induced to buy it?" The woman took the thimble and examined it. madame. I wish you to name the price. and half frightened by the woman's manner. weighed it. but. they might give that much at the mint. First taking another look at the pretty little hand and fingers. To one of these she now proceeded. mademoiselle. she had a silver thimble at home. but. and was made expressly for myself. "they told my grandmother the metal alone was worth thirteen. by the streak it leaves when rubbed on the stone} "What do you expect to receive for this thimble. just then." Had Adrienne been longer in communion with a cold and heartless world. 22 and was far from the Mont de Piete before this indispensable duty occurred to her mind. The woman understood by the timidity and undecided manner of the applicant. and submitted its metal to the test of the touchstone. in a voice half. the sacrifice cost her less than might otherwise have been the case. Adrienne's necessities had made her acquainted with several jewellers' shops." "You do not expect to sell it at what it cost?" was the dry answer. but. "It cost a napoleon. in timid tones. It was painful for her to part with it. coldly. and." she said. Luckily she was the mistress of a gold thimble. madame--I suppose you will look for a profit in selling it again. that had been presented to her by her grandmother. the silversmith's wife. "In such times as we had before these vile republicans drove all the strangers from Paris." This was said because the delicate ever shrink from affixing a value to the time and services of others. when satisfied that it really belonged to her who wished to dispose of it. she ventured to answer. the whiteness and size of which." "Perhaps.CHAPTER V. "Perhaps not. {touchstone = a variety of black stone used to test the purity of gold. This fact struck the woman of the shop. but. Adrienne was afraid she might unintentionally deprive the other of a portion of her just gains. no one will give more than five francs for that thimble. she entered with the greater confidence and alacrity. It was a pretty thimble. satisfied her that the thimble had not been stolen. madame." she said. "Madame. she would not have submitted to this piece of selfish extortion. "I might have offered seven francs and a half for that thimble. that she had a very unpracticed being to deal with. and when our commerce was good. Besides. for there they coin money. as things are now. she began to reflect on what she had done. to make certain the thimble might not be reclaimed. as her very last birth-day present. . or it would not have fitted Adrienne's finger. Five francs would scarcely support her grandmother a week. and she cast a suspicious glance at Adrienne's hand. as it was to supply the wants of that very parent. inexperienced. however. for want had not yet made Adrienne bold or coarse. mademoiselle?" asked the woman. When the poor girl reached the street. first observing through the window that no person was in but one of her own sex. and a napoleon. She then began to look about her for a shop in which she might dispose of something for the moment. dropped her thimble. though small.choked. in this shop. and she was emboldened to act accordingly." "The gold is very good. and a brass one would do for her work. and made a hasty retreat." Adrienne observed.

and this is a season of natural delights at Paris. A light potage. She was in the habit of hiring little Nathalie. even of these I observed that she laid aside nearly half for the succeeding day. Adrienne had arranged every thing in her own mind. were driven from her thoughts by the pressure of other and greater ills. had hired it just after the revolution. eager to be relieved. fondled. The day passed in patient toil. the only relief she enjoyed being those moments when she was called on to attend to the wants of her grandmother. leaving Adrienne alone in the ante-chamber. and I was to be produced only at those extra hours in the morning. CHAPTER VI. every moment being precious to one so situated. Far--far more happily for herself. for Madame de la Rocheaimard. Mad. Were I to last a thousand years. into the bed-chamber of her parent. It was these painful and obtrusive doubts that most distressed the dear girl. the moment they met. and the flowers had begun to shed their fragrance on the air. the appearance of that poverty which actually reigned within. I expected to be examined--perhaps caressed. when she had been accustomed to take exercise in the open air. and the porter's daughter disappeared. which served also as a salle a manger. anxiously. executed several little necessary offices. to be enabled to waste many minutes either in retrospection. besides paying a pretty fair rent. now. madame has done nothing but sleep. for never had a purer mind. For the moment I was laid aside. for thus trifling with what she conceived to be the resources of her beloved grandmother. with a few grapes and bread. Nathalie?" demanded Adrienne. or praised. Adrienne went through the ante-chamber. mademoiselle. and then sat down to work for her own daily bread. by no means. and the place had. while she went herself to the nearest public promenade. the porter's daughter. but no such attention awaited me. that of solitary confinement is probably the most cruel--the mind feeding on itself with the rapacity of a cormorant. The furniture of this little apartment was very respectable. Adrienne had not hesitated to leave her. de la Rocheaimard usually slept the soundest at this hour. A heavy sigh broke from her bosom. from the ingenious device to repair her means on which she had fallen. Happily for Adrienne. and she had no more gold thimbles to sacrifice. and passed a small saloon. to breathe the pure air . or a gentler spirit dwelt in female breast. and rise to the dignity of being the handkerchief that the Grand Turk is said to toss toward his favorite. salon = living room. or in endeavors to conjecture the future. But she was wanted at home. hitherto. Here her mind was relieved by finding all right. inquired tenderly as to her wishes. and I was getting SO tired!" The sou was given. "Non. on the part of the poor girl. Poor child! her misgivings were the overflowings of a tender heart. "Has my grandmother asked for me. she had too many positive cares. potage = soup} My turn came the following morning. composed her dinner. and to brighten the aspect of the public gardens. though in a place that enabled me to be a witness of all that occurred. while her hopes partook of the sanguine character of youth and inexperience! {salle a manger = dining room. doubts of her having the means of supporting her parent until the handkerchief was completed beginning to beset her mind. when the conscience quickens its activity and feeds its longings. her conscience was clear. Still she could blame her own oversight. I could not forget the interest with which I accompanied Adrienne to the door of her little apartment. in the entresol. We were already in April. for the expectation of reaping a reward comparatively brilliant. She gave her grandmother some nourishment. when the prices had fallen quite half. and tears stood in her eyes. and it was days before her self-upbraidings. It was now spring. Occupation is a blessed relief to the miserable. and this girl was found at the entrance. to remain with her grandmother during her own necessary but brief absences. and had not the leisure to reflect on her own mistake. was strong within her. 23 with even the wood and wine she had on hand.CHAPTER VI. and. Of all the ingenious modes of torture that have ever been invented.

she was to deny herself this sweet gratification. on any occasion. 1831. and she felt the importance of keeping her in ignorance of her own value. who are cooped up amid the unnatural restraints of a town. since the year '89. rusee = crafty. which would have defeated a bargain with any common couturiere. that were replete with taste and thought. By paying the franc. and her taste had been so highly cultivated. Adrienne was unusually skillful with the needle. intending to transfer it to my face. as the innocent and virtuous. She received her fifteen sous with humble thankfulness. by means of the needle. and I may add the tasteful. You would not do as well at piecework. "and leave you to yourself entirely. for she discovered that she had to deal with a person of conscience. you can make it up of yourself. she had a remission of half an hour. and at six. succeeded perfectly with Adrienne. and out of this they were expected to find their own lodgings and food. The last was drawn that day two months. and your money will be always ready. They were not simple. As yet she felt none of the malign consequences of the self-denial she was about to exert. at which the dear child might have earned at least thirty sous. precisely. At nine each day she was to breakfast. For four hours Adrienne sat bending over her toil. By the milliner. and that in no mode could as much be possibly extracted from the assistant. mademoiselle. on the morning of the fourteenth of April. nay. 24 and to gain strength for the day. Nor would her employer consent to let her work by the piece. or a little later. she regarded me with a look of delight. When certain things are wanted in a hurry. and the prices she received for occupations so wearying and slavish. by aiding in refining the imagination. will best know how to appreciate. Those who live on the frivolities of mankind. once in a while. couturiere = seamstress} "I put confidence in you. In future. but. that I shall never forget. you will not mind working an hour or two beyond time. though her neatness. Should your grandmother occupy more of your time than common. humility could be inculcated. recurring to her other labors. even of affection. The marchande de mode who employed Adrienne was as rusee as a politician who had followed all the tergiversations of Gallic policy. in the way of reduced wages. thoughtful and even sad. she became her own mistress. she was paid merely as a common sewing-girl. that they often cling to oppression and wrong.CHAPTER VI. or. precisely as the same clocks struck twelve. by bringing her down to fifteen sous. but well devised drawings. Still it was made without a murmur. have two sets of victims to plunder--the consumer. A franc a day was the usual price for girls of an inferior caste. and afforded some apology for the otherwise senseless luxury contemplated. At the time it was thought of making an offering of all our family to the dauphine. unmeaning ornaments. and she contemplated prodigies in the way of results. She was pleased with her purchase. At a quarter past nine. in constant apprehension of losing even that miserable pittance. She was fully aware of what a prize she possessed in the unpracticed girl. what is the same thing. or the operative. I learned much of the excellent child's true character in these brief hours." said the marchande de mode. and I will always find lights with the . you can throw in a day. skill and taste might well have entitled her to double wages. and I wish to deal generously by you. The first stitch was made just as the clocks were striking the hour of five. But the poor revolution had still a great deal of private misery to answer for. and flattering herself with the fruits of her success. her cheeks still retained some of their native color. at one. their luxuries. to make up for lost time. to commence work for her employer. was not yet anxious and sunken. The last are usually so helpless. and the chance of keeping her doubled. When Adrienne laid me on the frame where I was to be ornamented by her own pretty hands. as by confiding to her own honor. such as the uncultivated seize upon with avidity on account of their florid appearance. by working a little earlier. and cultivating the intellect. Her mind wandered over her hopes and fears. {marchande de mode = milliner. This is true where men are employed. but much truer in the case of females. and some designs of exquisite beauty and neatness had been prepared. and the real producer. deeply engrossed in the occupation. This. or. and her eye. as to make her a perfect mistress of all the proprieties of patterns. rather than submit to be cast entirely upon the world. It was such a sacrifice. though not without a sigh. it might give her assistant premature notions of her own importance. She had chosen one of the simplest and most beautiful of these designs. vulgar. You will bring home the work as it is finished. If not blooming. the idea of working the handkerchiefs was entertained.

notwithstanding. but for the circumstance of there being so much in the house of their early stores. with the utmost frugality. Mademoiselle!" exclaimed the other--"Jamais. and the dear girl repeated it in her mind. out of her own wages. and she went forth to dispose of this. Happily. in times as critical as those which then hung over France. and have no more words about it. therefore. at the end of a fortnight. with some attention to the ways of the world. and contrived to save even a few sous daily. and she felt the necessity of paying more attention than had been her wont to the practices of men. without the slightest distrust of the heartless selfishness it so ill concealed. and the metal looks good. of health impaired. to add to her grandmother's stock. since the three days! All our commerce was then destroyed. Cependant. By this time Adrienne had little to dispose of. and as for any resources for illness or accidents. 25 greatest pleasure. of clothes. ma bonne demoiselle!" exclaimed the woman to whom the thimble was offered for sale. to help eke out the supplies of the moment. of fuel." . Adrienne found herself reduced to her last franc. "Three francs. who had generously offered to give two napoleons for it. however. But. Adrienne would not think an instant of the ills caused by the infirmities of age. and it was hoped that it would bring at least its original cost when properly bestowed as an ornament on a fabric of my quality. On fifteen sous she found she could live without encroaching on the little stock set apart for the support of her grandmother. we will say five and thirty sous. She had hoped to receive three francs for her thimble. Mad. No one could tell. Still Adrienne thought herself the obliged party. as sold in the shops. as the thimble is pretty. Alas! The poor girl had not entered into any calculation of the expense of lodgings. If I get three for it myself I shall be too happy. and that without delay. but she might still live months. except the lace. {louis d'or = gold coin worth 20 francs} "Un de.. with the coarsest necessaries. including all her own savings. who must be attended to properly. and Adrienne had once shown it to her employer. She husbanded her money. and no one would think of giving such a price. This she could not have done. and that had cost five francs. though her appetite was capricious. = A thimble. and Adrienne hoped she would never die. to express as much to the woman in question. and she was content. De la Rocheaimard gradually grew feebler. the only being on earth she had ever been taught to love herself. Adrienne sent for the porter's daughter. as she fancied. si = yes indeed} This was one of the speeches of the marchande de mode to Adrienne. Permit me to advise you to take the intermissions as much as possible for your attentions to your grandmother. accustomed all her life to privations. and which. being pretty. young lady!} Adrienne had made her calculations. She ventured." {Un de. Bitter experience was teaching her severe lessons. or Madame de la Rocheaimard would be without the means of support. her real wants were few. Something must be done. But the lace must be kept for my gala dress. she was totally without them. was cheap at five. as she sat at work on me. Si--the care of our parents is one of our most solemn duties! Adieu.. and her temper querulous. mademoiselle. {grisette = working-class girl} I have little to say of the succeeding fortnight. in being permitted to toil for a sum that would barely supply a grisette. This exquisite piece of human ingenuity had originally cost five louis d'or. and so long as she was loved by this. almost the only article of luxury that remained to her.. this is so common an article as scarcely to command any price. I will give thirty sous. Love for her grandchild. which was quite new. There was the silver thimble. au revoir!" {find lights = supply candles. shone in all she said and did.CHAPTER VI.

to earn the means for a still more remote day. she went over these calculations in her mind. and she had latterly worked on me with so much zeal as to have literally thrown the fruits of two weeks' work into one. As she sat down. purchase another handkerchief--if possible one of my family--and while she lived on the fruits of her present labors. however. Two hours later the woman of the shop met with an idle customer who had more money than discretion. and she sold this very thimble for six francs. that the poor girl overheard a discourse that proved she was not paid at the rate at which others were remunerated. and she felt that she was in danger of losing a prize. . and when they were ended. as well as some sugar and arrowroot. That illustrious event. Then followed the frugal breakfast. it was with a sense of weariness that began to destroy sleep. she determined to get cheaper lodgings in the country. But the few francs Adrienne possessed diminished with alarming rapidity. as her lease would be out in two months. but she felt some wonder that more and better work should produce the least reward. Nevertheless. but the sale of this would supply the money to purchase anew. and. still the dear girl thought herself happy. Cependant = nevertheless} 26 Adrienne sighed. Hope is as blessed a provision for the poor and unhappy as occupation. Adrienne found that by using the wine which still remained. When she retired at night.CHAPTER VI. Her eyes told her that her own work was the neatest in the shop. Four hours each morning were devoted to me. The milliner heard Adrienne's lady-like and gentle remonstrance with alarm. three days = the three days of the July Revolution. then. her grandmother could be made comfortable for just ten sous a day. Adrienne had conscientiously taken the time used to sell the thimble from her morning's work on me. were the means of maintaining Madame de la Rocheaimard. Again did Adrienne resume her customary round of duties. As she knew her own expertness with the needle. and she also saw that she did more than any other girl employed by the same person. Early in the indisposition of her grandmother. including the franc on hand. one of the most familiar of their frauds being to conceal from the skillful their own success. lest it should command a price in proportion to its claims. as yet. for. this did not surprise her. and then she received the money and returned home. she had no more lace with which to decorate another handkerchief. furnishing a healthful and important lesson to man. with the disinterestedness of her nature. Little did she understand the artifices of the selfish and calculating. when sacrifices became necessary her first thoughts were of her own little stock of clothes. for just a week longer. Of jewelry she never had been the mistress of much. Her eye assured her that not more than one fourth of her labor was. however. though the vicomtesse had managed to save a few relics of her own ancient magnificence. The rest of the day was occupied with this latter work. on her return. she would be comparatively rich. Her own wardrobe would not bear any drain upon it. While oppressed with present ills they struggle to obtain a fancied existence under happier auspices. and in this way the simple minded girl saw no reason why she might not continue on as long as health and strength would allow--at least as long as her grandmother lived. one evening when Adrienne was receiving her wages from the milliner. she cast a look at her work. To do this. It is true. remove her grandmother. if he will only make a timely provision for its wants. some little extra economy would be necessary. that never ceases to remind him of a future that is to repair every wrong. for which she received the customary fifteen sous. under the plea that it was a new fashion that had sprung out of the Revolution of July. however. the days of her exile having made many demands on all such resources. It happened. and this was no longer done as readily as before. Could she get over the next six weeks. when her commoner toil for the milliner succeeded. produced other results that were quite as hard to be reduced to the known connection between cause and effect as this. which the ailings and complaints of her grandmother seldom permitted before eleven. for I more than equaled her expectations. and here. as if to calculate its duration by what she had so far finished. She had been able to save of her own wages three. She began to calculate her ways and means once more. {Jamais = never. apply a balm to every wound. they were articles of but little value. all of THAT had been sold which she could spare. completed.

by working deep into the nights. madame. the love of this one being. and accustomed as she had been to the existence. by which she was to be left altogether without food. a change threatened her. I am willing to make a written contract for a year. the hour will infallibly come when the past becomes as nothing. Surely. Adrienne at length. thank you. mademoiselle. and the dear old lady shall not suffer. as to seem indissoluble. and the necessity of living principally that they be prepared to die. and embraced so many ties. by dint of excessive toil." Adrienne stood aghast. and death was near to close the scene. that you found my work profitable." she said. "I had hoped. but." "Non--non--non. as well as her selfishness. as does all they love. in their eyes. except as it has opened the way to the future. until her very heart ached. So gradual were the changes. a . but you can imagine that work done by one accustomed to the art is more likely to please customers than work done by one who has been educated as a lady. I am afraid we must part. and." she answered. trembling at her own resolution. to offer a higher price. until she saw me so far done as to be within another day's work of completion. by stinting herself of food. when Adrienne. she could not imagine that any one--least of all any woman--could be so false and cruel as to practice the artifice to which the milliner had resorted. however. I allow. 27 But two expedients suggested themselves. mademoiselle. or to undervalue the services she was so fearful of losing. madame. to-morrow you shall see what I can do. to her the final separation scarce seemed within the bounds of possibility. Cependant. just as she saw a way opened by which she might support both her grandmother and herself until the handkerchief was completed." And Adrienne toiled the succeeding day. A neater. "You amaze me. Her practiced policy. it is all seeming. all they imagine perishes. quickening her hand and sustaining her body. Poor child! Little did she think that she was establishing precedents against herself. the presence. you shall both be made happy again on fifteen. when so many young women who have been regularly brought up to the business are willing to work for less. surely I bring home as much at night as any other demoiselle you employ. the color coming and going on cheeks that were now usually pale--"I had hoped. madame. happy and grateful for the moment. counseled her to try the latter expedient first. but unwilling to defeat her own plans for the future. not only until her fingers and body ached. At such a moment as this all feeling of vanity is out of the question. and thereby blasting all hopes from me. disappointments and poverty were working out their usual results. The very mirror of truth herself." "In that there is not much difference. Still her conscience was so tender that she even doubted the propriety of accepting her old wages were she really incompetent to earn them. too. "Thank you. was constantly before her mind. here. I will not throw you off. unless you can consent to receive twelve sous in future. and by means of having disposed of the last article with which she could possibly part. To ease your mind. But the apprehension of losing the pittance she actually received. "I know it all. Surely every thing around the human family inculcates the doctrine of the mysterious future. During all this time Madame de la Rocheaimard continued slowly to sink. and of this being only. I was certainly very beautiful. All they produce perishes. mademoiselle.CHAPTER VI. by which further and destructive exertions might be required. to put your heart at ease. have lasted so long. at that rate." eagerly interrupted Adrienne. as I know that your poor dear grandmother--" "Si--si. mademoiselle. "I was thinking myself whether I could afford to pay you fifteen sous. ceased speaking." murmured Adrienne. The union of two beings may be so engrossing. had managed to support her grandmother and herself. Old age. that Adrienne did not note them. trembling from head to foot with apprehension.

but in herself. and not in the tones of affection. at breakfast. and then this outpouring of an exhausted nature was suppressed. had stripped off the mask and left the real countenance exposed. Madame de la Rocheaimard was easy and tranquil the whole of the last morning. and she sat at her window endeavoring to breathe the balmy odors that arose from it. if not the richest. wasting toil at a sedentary occupation. there is something awful in this perpetual and smiling round of natural movements. and when I looked up to catch the smile of approbation. it was merely following out a known law of nature. . proved at what a sacrifice of health and physical force I had become what I was. For the last month she had literally lived on dry bread herself. Desiree. she conversed with no one.CHAPTER VII. Enter it she could not. at first with a few grapes to give her appetite a little gratification. the commissionaire. flattering herself that when she could remove Mad. for Paris is full of birds. though she could not altogether suppress her tears. for Adrienne had eaten her last morsel. from unremitting. at least. she continued to toil. Her work. she felt how insufficient were human results to meet the desires of human hopes. the end justified her brightest expectations. however. The morning of the 14th June arrived. Still the birds did not sing the less sweetly. as that end drew near. and I felt afraid she would faint. but toward the last. A glass of water. entered the room. it is true. CHAPTER VII. de la Rocheaimard into the country. for she was actually sewing on the lace. a near approach to the object that had seemed so desirable in the distance. At this critical moment. She had not suffered so much from a want of food. The fault was not in me. the hand that ornamented me had wasted. but Adrienne did bear up under all. the roses were as fragrant. though her soul did pour out its longings as she sat plying her needle. half a roll. She was strictly alone. Although nearly exhausted by her toil and the want of food. Paris is then at its loveliest season. but the pale cheeks. Then she wanted the cheering association of sympathy. Her sobs were hysterical. In all that she figured to herself. from hope deferred and from sleepless nights. but the work was nearly done. therefore. determined to get through with her task by noon. It was the property. her grandmother would revive and become as fond of her as ever. but. 28 more tasteful. She toiled on. a finer. as related to my appearance. the poor girl felt her deepest affliction to be that she had not time to pray. with the exception of her short interviews with the milliner. The poor girl was not what she had been two months before. and when she did speak. Nature does not stop to lament over any single victim of human society. Hope had exhausted her spirit. restored her. The gardens in particular are worthy of the capital of Europe. {rez de chaussee -. it was found to be care worn and melancholy. could not be laid aside for a moment. This was hardest of all to bear. did not exist within the walls of Paris. Still she might look at it as often as she dared to raise her eyes from her needle. There was nothing unusual in this. Of a sudden she dropped me in her lap and burst into a flood of tears. As I had grown in beauty. I was completed! At that instant. Now that her painful and exhausting toil was nearly over. Under her painful and pressing circumstances. Adrienne's hotel had a little garden in the rear. this morning. even. now that she had nothing to expect from the milliner. and her impatience would not permit her to resume the work of the milliner that day. and they are open to all who can manage to make a decent appearance. or devoted to the uses. Fortunately. however. and as if merely to teach the vanity of the wishes of men. I was probably the neatest and most tasteful handkerchief in Paris. it was with the querulousness of disease. The handkerchief wanted but a few hours of being finished. and the dear girl's needle fairly flew. Her grandmother slept most of the time. When misery is the deepest. she did not experience the happiness she had anticipated. and the verdure was as deep as ever. It teaches profoundly the insignificance of the atoms of creation. the hollow eyes and the anxious look. on nothing but bread and water. of the occupant of the rez de chaussee. as from a want of air and exercise.ground floor} Adrienne had risen earlier than common. or a more exquisitely laced handkerchief.

they deceived you shamefully. and said that she had not made herself acquainted with the prices of such things. perhaps." "Yes. Adrienne blushed. and then we can always abate the five francs. and fifteen for the work. we must ask forty." "You will do very right." "Twenty-eight. No. "Next week. carelessly. Dieu! What a beautiful handkerchief! Surely--surely--this is not your work." said Adrienne. By means of an occasional bribe to little Nathalie. Glancing her eye round the room. "These ladies pay far more than a thing is worth. "When does your lease end. you worked when sleepy. and learning that I should probably be ready for sale that very morning." answered Adrienne. I think it might bring a napoleon." Adrienne's heart sunk within her. "and now for the work. call THAT ten. under the pretence of hiring the apartment. then. "That makes thirty francs. upon my word!} . coldly. I intend to remove to the country with my grandmother the beginning of the week. Ten for the handkerchief.five francs for it. This lace would probably bring a napoleon--yes. A brief apology explained all. a friend of mine. but shaking off the transient feeling of shame. mademoiselle?" demanded Desiree. Ten would have been dear in the present absence of strangers from Paris. as if to ascertain the probabilities. for the affair of disposing of me had always appeared awful in her imagination. faintly." said Desiree.for to tell you the truth certain Russian princesses employ her in all these little matters. except as she had understood what affluent ladies paid for them. she was shown into my important presence. mademoiselle?" Adrienne's bloom had actually returned." "I worked only in the mornings and late at night. she stated that it was for sale. and then the commissionaire's admiration was redoubled." "Two months. You must have been a fortnight doing all this pretty work. and take two napoleons." {parole d'honneur = word of honor. trembling. it does come to a pretty price for a handkerchief. and Adrienne civilly showed her little rooms. who gives the highest prices that are ever paid for such articles-. "Ah! that is a different matter. this artful woman had never lost sight of the intended victim. madame. but still think I worked full hours. make forty-five francs--parole d'honneur. no one that has the means should stay in Paris after June. Si. with this unexpected gleam of hope.CHAPTER VII. >From the moment that Adrienne had purchased me. mademoiselle?" 29 Adrienne simply answered in the affirmative. "I know a lady who would buy this--a marchande de mode. Call it a month. the woman inquired if the handkerchief was ordered. madame. she ascertained the precise progress of the work. Now you paid ten francs for the handkerchief itself. twenty for the lace. Thirty days at ten sous a day make fifteen francs." continued Desiree coldly. "Two months! Ah! you are not accustomed to this sort of work and are not adroit. "Twenty-eight! mademoiselle. She had supposed it to be worth at least five times as much. She owned the truth frankly. Have you thought of your price.

Kiss me. Fortunately. Adrienne asked to be left alone with it. Pardon me if I have ever taught thy simple heart to dwell on vanities. child of my love.CHAPTER VII. The physician. In her character of a commissionaire she . for the spirit of the girl could not have endured more. This was a summons that Adrienne never disregarded. This world is all vanity. In the course of the night. When all was over. Do not let MY fault be THY fault. I am old." whispered Madame de la Rocheaimard in a tone of tenderness that her granddaughter had not heard for some weeks. Want of nourishment had lessened her energies. Living or dead." {rentes = annuity. That night Madame de la Rocheaimard died. She knew that handkerchiefs similar to this frequently sold for twenty napoleons in the shops." "Thou must part with the rest of the trousseau to make thyself comfortable when I am gone." "Thou wilt not sell the thimble--THAT thou wilt keep to remember me. Desiree appeared in the course of the morning. God wills it. for the moment." Adrienne bowed her head and groaned. and her thoughts took another direction. and when I am so well prepared to meet him. and Adrienne alone being present. Adrienne even caught a little sleep. The grave has views. Her last words were a benediction on the fair and gentle being who had so faithfully and tenderly nursed her in old age. It is happy that he comes so gently. as one who came in consequence of having been present at so much of the scene of the preceding day. who always inspects the dead in France. Then her grandmother desired her to send for a priest. on which thou may'st live with frugality. {bon cure = worthy parish priest} The following day was one of anguish and embarrassment. and. as Adrienne then thought. grand-mamma. dearest grand-mamma. she forgot her causes of grief. and I can now see it when it is too late. 30 Adrienne felt sick at heart. and there were few disposed to watch. love. the hour is near when we must part--" "Grand-mamma!--dearest grand-mamma!" "Nay. and here came a blow to all her golden visions that was near overcoming her. and I feel death upon me. came to make his report. It is probable the unfortunate young lady would have lost her consciousness. The arrangements were to be ordered for the funeral. "My poor Adrienne. under the weight of this blow. but it was a fault of the age. Adrienne. had it not been for the sound of her grandmother's feeble voice calling her to the bedside." "Perhaps it will raise enough to purchase thee four or five hundred francs of rentes. her grandmother could never be an object of dread to her. "my poor Adrienne. Adrienne! Noble blood and ancient renown are as nothing compared to God's mercy and forgiveness. the bon cure." "Yes. that no other scene offers. a tribute that nature imperiously demanded of her weakness. It was fortunate they did. and the body was laid out. but she did not know how much the cupidity of trade extracted from the silly and vain in the way of sheer contributions to avarice. dearest. yearly income} "Perhaps it will. thou know'st I will. dearest grand-mamma. pray for my soul when all is over." "I will do as thou wishest. the wife of the porter.

still remained. and Adrienne. "and I will pay that much for it myself. as if to ascertain whether she had done too much. that contained bread. mademoiselle--will you accept the forty five francs. and do honor to the remains of my dear. and by her to the bourgeois. in its dreadful reality. in order to discharge her duty to the dead. She had not a liard. She received an order. honorably disposed to be useful. keeping the five francs to pay for some necessaries.CHAPTER VII. Desiree--not even a sou. Although it was all that seemed to separate the girl from death. the tiniest of coins} "Mademoiselle will have the goodness to give me ten francs. she religiously adhered to the use of dry bread. in the act of appropriating these things to herself. though it was with a species of holy reverence. how are we to bury your grandmother?" "The handkerchief--" Desiree shook her head. Give me the money. Desiree laid down two napoleons. Desiree. they fell on the little table that usually held the nourishment prepared for her grandmother. to renew her own strength. on her return. As the faintness of hunger came over her. and she was enabled to relieve her soul by prayer. Adrienne was now left alone again with the body of her deceased grandmother. I was carefully replaced in the basket. neighbors} Adrienne had now the means of purchasing food. mademoiselle? In the name of heaven. ignorant how much might be demanded on behalf of the approaching ceremony. and a light potage. and will charge nothing for my services to-day. when the truth flashed upon her. her mind almost as helpless as that of an infant. "This handkerchief might sell for forty-five francs." she said. mademoiselle. She could not altogether desert one so helpless. and poor enough will that be which is had for two napoleons." Adrienne said this with her hands resting on her lap in quiescent despair. however. Your dear grandmother must have Christian burial. Still she was human. but money is wanting to pay for some little articles that will soon come. There was an appearance of sacrilege. She ate. Her last sou had furnished the breakfast of the preceding day. brought her to a truer state of mind. A moment's reflection. and then she took me in her hands. What say you. she told the poor girl that the convoi was arranged for the following morning. that she had ordered all in the ." said Desiree. and she was a female. was fain to accept them. dear grandmother. and hurried off to give the necessary directions. which was soon divulged to the porteress. or would you prefer seeing the marchande de mode?" "I can see no one now." "No money. Adrienne felt for her purse with the intention of sending Nathalie to a neighboring baker's. when the commissionaire went out again. on her errands. casting her eyes around her in despair. when. her cheeks bloodless. therefore. A sickness like that of death came over her. When Desiree returned in the evening. {liard = half-farthing. Her strength was renewed. As soon as the excitement ceased. that is certain." "I have no money. and saw that she must countermand most of the orders. unaccustomed to act for herself in such offices. She reflected on the matter for a minute or two. in a moment of such extreme distress. or rather an answer to a suggestion of her own. but. Food of no sort had passed her lips in more than thirty hours. and her last meal had been a scanty breakfast of dry bread. and then she felt it to be a duty to that dear parent herself. in her eyes. "I have ordered every thing that is proper. she began to feel languid. Her eyes were hollow and vacant. {bourgeois = towns-people. and she became sensible of her own bodily wants. Still she did not deem it necessary to conceal her employer's poverty. Satisfied on this head. she hesitated about using it. and opened her mind. 31 offered her services. A little arrowroot.

and carried me to her own lodgings. not divided into chapters. watch-guards. some two or three years before she ever took me out of the drawer in which I had been deposited for safe keeping. shall be related in another number. {corps de reserve = reserve corps. and consequently of her interests. is true--who ever knew a commissionaire that was not? But she had her moments of benevolence. for. I was considered a species of corps de reserve. in order to serve Adrienne in her distress. in haste.glasses. chains. at least. indeed. in readiness for any suitable bargain that might turn up. I was put into the reticule. Adrienne counted out the money. in later book versions it was changed to read "in the next chapter"} CHAPTER VIII. Some such reflections are necessary to induce us to submit to the mysterious reign of Providence. monsieur. The manner in which Desiree disposed of me. to tell you the truth. that was in the way of her commerce. in virtue of her purchase. had the appearance of a colonel of the late Royal Guards. to my simple eyes. {another number = in the Graham's Magazine periodical version. and the scene gradually drew me to reflections on that eternity which is before us. He was dressed in the height of the latest fashion. as I remembered the moment of time that all are required to endure injustice and wrongs on earth. even with joy. I remained in her possession. or. and whose designs are so inscrutable. however. and had really made some sacrifice of her time." exclaimed Desiree. eye. That she was a little addicted to this weakness. when a figure caught the commissionaire's eye that sent her across the street in a great hurry. My feelings got to be gradually soothed.European diplomats at this period often wore uniforms} "Bon jour. At the end of that period. who. lowest sou = cheapest price} I was laid upon a table where I could look through an open window. her thoughts recurred to her treasure. As for the purchase of myself. It was glittering with those bright stars which the astronomers tell us are suns of other systems. I scarcely know how to describe this person. and an occasion soon offered for turning me to account. of an attache of one of the northern legations. 32 most economical way. up at the void of heaven. attache = a diplomat-. she placed me in her basket. I scarcely knew you! I have been waiting for your return from Lyons with the most lively impatience. By remembering what a speck is time.CHAPTER VIII. and then found herself the mistress of just FOUR FRANCS TEN SOUS. whose decrees so often seem unequal. "parole d' honneur. reticule = a large pocketbook} One day Desiree and I were on the Boulevards Italiens together. and it is seldom. according to my calculation. &c. this paragraph closed the first of the four installments in which the story was printed. but that thirty-five francs were the lowest sou for which the funeral could be had." the ills of life may be borne. I have the greatest bijou for your American ladies that ever came out of a bleaching ground--un mouchoir de poche. {convoi = funeral. as compared with eternity. When Desiree took her leave for the night. and that "God chasteneth those he loveth. The reader is not to infer that Desiree was unusually mercenary. and had a rare provision of rings. that philanthropy can overcome the habits of trade. {Boulevards Italiens = a fashionable Paris street. and carried about. as well as he knew how to be." . and she was in no hurry to reap the benefit of her purchase. as well as others. Desiree was not wholly without means. wore terrible moustaches.

to a great ball. in his hours of pride and self-indulgence. the parties understood each other without unnecessary phrases. le malle. just now. ma bonne. therefore. produced. and appear. observing that the woman was about to exhibit me on the open Boulevards. salon = living room} Colonel Silky was evidently struck with my appearance. and I was. This management could not deceive . wore moustaches. He was not accustomed to keeping a body servant. he managed. smiling. the garcons. before he came out and ushered Desiree himself into his salon. what about your trunk. when you call. le malle. with a carpet that covered just eight feet by six." interrupted the other. the trunk will have a corner in it for any thing particular. bourgeois = waiters. a little mingled with contempt. a room of ten feet by fourteen.. sir?} "Yes. The porter. Desiree. monsieur?" {Mais. Now that they were alone. Silky. and precisely in proportion as he admired me. number one twenty" "Not at all. as you say. even now. my good Desiree. To be frank with you. as a mere traveler. my good woman. all knew le Colonel Silky. who was now a great man. "De la garde nationale Americaine. the bourgeois. "you can bring it to my lodgings--" {doucement..Cooper is here satirizing the pretensions and gaudy uniforms of civilians holding nominal commissions as "Colonels" of American state militias} Desiree was punctual to a minute. at once. I shall go to court this evening. You must know I have transacted all my ordinary business--made my purchases. In a minute the commissionaire was in the colonel's ante-chamber. and. to get along without one. will ye nill ye. an expose for which he had no longings. in this snuggery. in its centre.. {bijou = jewel. which seemed barely large enough to contain so great a man's moustaches. and am off for New York in the next packet--" {packet = ship sailing on a fixed schedule} "Mais.CHAPTER VIII. = not so fast. He then gave the woman his new address. expose = public display} "Rue de Clery. he began to look cold and indifferent.. and appointed an hour to see her.. This distinguished officer had a method in his madness. {De la garde nationale Americaine = of the American national guard-. numero cent vingt--" {Rue de Clery. and went to court--as the court was." answered Mr. as his aim was to make a fortune.. {as the court was = the Royal Court of King Louis Philippe prided itself on its simplicity and informality. = Clery Street. You will inquire for le Colonel Silky. An officer of his readiness and practice saw at once that I might be made to diminish no small part of the ways and means of his present campaign. I am lodging in la Rue de la Paix. Madame la Marquise de Dolomien and the Aide de Camp de Service having just notified me that I am invited." {Aide de Camp de Service = duty officer of the French royal court} "Le Colonel Silky!" repeated Desiree with a look of admiration. neighbors. It was not many moments. garcons. mouchoir de poche = pocket handkerchief} 33 "Doucement--doucement. = But.

assertions. in truth." Desiree never accepted money more reluctantly. determined. who never lost sight of the main chance either in his campaigns." {Vidocq = Francois Vidocq (1775-1857). or when he did it was only to obscure his vision. but we don't smuggle in America." {compromise law = the American Tariff Act of 1832. my invoice being all closed. with an incredulous smile. but wily Yankee calculation. . for once. These extremes of extravagance and meanness were not unusual in his practice. {management = in Cooper's time. an important French port} "You forget the duty. his journeys. take them--if not. sleepless nights. only a trifle more than one hundred per cent. but it had a sensible effect on Desiree. but retained the high customs duties on the import of textile products} "The duty!" repeated the woman. after abating the fifty mentioned. "monsieur. an imperfect vision. offering an instructive scene of French protestations. The money was paid. contradictions and volubility on one side.CHAPTER VIII. and self. seemingly phlegmatic. The bargain was now commenced in earnest. or. But the colonel was firm.denial of poor Adrienne. a word suggesting conniving or unscrupulous manipulation. to abate no less than fifty francs from the price she had intended to ask. {chateau = palace} "Bah! there are the five napoleons--if you want them. being a consequence of the other. the cost of the lace and of the work. on the spot. I care little about it. Instead of making one hundred and fifty-five francs out of the toil and privations. It is true he had spent the difference that morning on an eye-glass that he never used. or his pleasures. The one. her cupidity was compelled to succumb. would carry him from Paris to Havre. and I became the vassal of Colonel Silky. and he knew that two napoleons and a half. and of cold. a senior French police official who was secretly a burglar." returned the colonel. happening very much to want money for a particular object just at that moment. but a traveling trader. as it aided in persuading the world he was a colonel and was afflicted with that genteel defect. "this compromise law is a thousand times worse than any law we have ever had in America. a thousand from England itself. Desiree was not far from the mark. you are not so young as to pay any duty on a pocket-handkerchief! Ma foi. After making suitable allowances for my true value before I was embellished. very innocently. as to appearance at least. Havre = le Havre. my clairvoyance defying any such artifices. "in our republican country the laws are all in all. but the money was not lost. This was deducting five francs more than poor Adrienne got for the money she had expended for her beautiful lace. she found her own advantages unexpectedly lessened to fifty-five. and for all her toil. a titular soldier." {douaniers = customs officials} "Ay. and the douaniers shall not stop one. with an aplomb that might have done credit to Vidocq himself. which reduced tariffs on some items. on the other. I will bring twenty--oui. who. and Colonel Silky had early made up his mind to give only one hundred. and tears. and. 34 me." observed the military trader. Desiree had set her price at one hundred and fifty francs. a proof of the commissionaire's scale of doing business. Desiree. with his management. but the Colonel saw that she wanted money. and then go to the chateau?" demanded the commissionaire. and who "investigated" his own crimes for a long time before being exposed} "Why do so many of your good republicans dress so that the rue de Clery don't know them.

the colonel actually put me in his pocket. from a colonel's--wardrobe." that I cannot make up my mind to write it. Judge Latitat is MY boss. my clairvoyance being totally at fault. not having had a sight of the ocean at all. for. Fortunately. before he carried me into the "market. But my new master had no such intention. too. I was flattered. No girl could be a better judge of the ARTICLE. As often happened with this gentleman. I say?--you are so very fine. this idea became painful. both from his curiosity and from his abrupt manner of asking questions. and I escaped the calamity of making my first appearance at court under the auspices of such a patron. but ever since my arrival in America. a few days after my arrival. it must be confessed. but when he came to count up the money he should lose in the way of profits. pocket-handkerchief. knew better than to suffer her eleve to commit so gross a blunder. at some little cost. I was examined with the closest scrutiny. and he never got beyond what surgeons call the "first intention" of his moral cures. though duly enveloped and with great care. and all his cultivated taste ran into the admiration of GOODS. therefore. {eleve = pupil} There was a moment. but. His object in taking me out was to consult a sort of court commissionaire. sir. In short. . and a very good one he is. and it was abandoned. the colonel having judged it prudent to get me washed and properly ironed. Of the voyage. though by no means of the purest water. whence I did not again issue until my arrival in America. for I had never seen him before the accidents of the wash-tub brought us in collision. So far from placing me in a trunk. but my early education under the astronomer and the delicate minded Adrienne. his monitress. too. 35 To own the truth. quite incapacitated me from enjoying any thing that passed." >From all I had heard and read. on the propriety of using me himself that evening at the chateau of the King of the French. I call the colonel my EMPLOYER. and I passed unnoticed among sundry other of my employer's speculations. the commendation of even a fool is grateful. though this was not strictly true." "Who is your BOSS. and my demerits pronounced to be absolutely none. my gorge has so risen against the word "master. and I find the substitute as disagreeable as the original. and for some time I trembled in every delicate fibre. I know there is an ingenious substitute. I was satisfied my neighbor was a Yankee shirt. I have little to say. therefore. What is a BOSS?" {boss = Cooper was annoyed by American euphemisms.CHAPTER VIII. lest. pocket-handkerchief?" demanded the shirt. by the way of assuring his favor in the royal circle. with the exception of his sitting so late at night at his infernal circuits." I answered. occurred between me and a very respectable looking shirt. I cannot affirm that I was absolutely sea-sick. I should like to know something of your history. has rendered me averse to false taste. I was carefully consigned to a carton in the colonel's trunk. when the colonel thought of presenting me to Madame de Dolomien. that I happened to be hanging next to on a line. he might use me. with whom he had established certain relations. a perfect stranger to me. or a drawer. by the light of miserable tallow candles. The conversation to which I allude. {savans = scholars} "I am not certain. It belongs to no language known to the savans or academicians. Colonel Silky was delighted with me.' Now. I cannot add that I was perfectly well during any part of the passage. The custom-house officers at New York were not men likely to pick out a pocket-handkerchief from a gentleman's--I beg pardon. as the following little dialogue will show. "that I understand your meaning. and that was a happy moment when our trunk was taken on deck to be examined. in a moment of forgetfulness. such as using the Dutch word "boss" in place of "master"--a custom he blamed largely on New England "Yankees"} "Oh! that's only a republican word for 'master. by the way. that he supposed a sufficient sacrifice had been made in the mental discussions. "who is your boss. for. my merits were inwardly applauded. and a certain heaviness about the brain. and that. still I was at a loss to know the meaning of the word BOSS. on the other hand. Heaven be praised! he never did employ me. The evening he went to court. The pent air of the state-room. he reasoned so long in all his acts of liberality.

and. education. I never heard he was employed about any publication. listening to cursed dull lawyers. and be altogether without politics. suggesting that that "worse and worse" is the constant condition of the press} After properly thanking my neighbor for these useful explanations. to own the truth. to Colonel Silky." {circuits = American "circuit judges" travelled from town to town. sometimes calls a 'statu quo.' and the press is enlightening mankind with a 'semper eadem. until we got such as were qualified. "Yes. essentially meaningless exclamation.'" {'statu quo' = in the same state as always (Latin)} "And the newspapers--and the news--and the politics?" "Why. keeping a poor shirt up sometimes until midnight. by your ornaments--still. holding court in each and sleeping at local inns and taverns} "I beg you to recollect.CHAPTER VIII. they are NOT in 'statu quo'--but in a 'semper eadem'--I beg pardon. or. caviling witnesses. at present." {I'fegs! = an obsolete. and prosy. do you understand Latin?" "No. in this country. that I am a female pocket-handkerchief. And what state is your militia actually in?" "Awful! It is what my boss. deriving from "In faith!"} "This is very extraordinary! So you do not wait." "If they did they would soon bring 'em to life! 'Semper eadem' is Latin for 'worse and worse. but take them as they come. and the militia would soon be in an awful state. sir--ladies do not often study the dead languages. At least." "No question of that. like "I swear!". as money makes both beauty and distinction in this part of the world. . and persons of your sex are bound to use temperate and proper language in the presence of ladies. the weather in America being uniformly too fine to admit of discussion. sir. No doubt my future employer--is not that the word?--will be one of the most beautiful and distinguished ladies of New York.' The militia is drilling into a 'statu quo. 36 But all the judges are alike for that. but I presume some fair lady will soon do me the honor of transferring me to her own wardrobe.presumably Cooper's talking shirt is being ironical. if that is what you mean. either by native capacity." "Oh! that makes no great difference--half the corps is exactly in the same predicament. we naturally fell into discourse about matters and things in general.' " {'Semper eadem' = the usual meaning is "ever the same" (Latin)-. we should get no news. COLONEL Silky? I don't remember the name--which of OUR editors is he?" {Cooper is ridiculing the habit of newspaper editors of seeking popularity by serving in the militia and thus receiving the title of "Colonel"} "I don't think he is an editor at all. the judge. you might tell a fellow who is your boss?" "I belong. or editors either. and it's not a dollar that will buy you. I see you are feminine. its substitute. I'fegs! if we waited for colonels. he does not appear to me to be particularly qualified for such a duty.

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"Pray, sir," said I, trembling lest my BOSS might be a colonel of the editorial corps, after all--"pray, sir," said I, "is it expected in this country that the wardrobe should entertain the political sentiments of its boss?" "I rather think not, unless it might be in high party times; or, in the case of editors, and such extreme patriots. I have several relatives that belong to the corps, and they all tell me that while their bosses very frequently change their coats, they are by no means so particular about changing their shirts. But you are of foreign birth, ma'am, I should think by your dress and appearance?" {change their coats.... = i.e., editors frequently change political sides, but they are not very careful about their personal hygiene} "Yes, sir, I came quite recently from France; though, my employer being American, I suppose I am entitled to the rights of citizenship. Are you European, also?" "No, ma'am; I am native and to the 'MANOR born,' as the modern Shakspeare has it. Is Louis Philippe likely to maintain the throne, in France?" {'manor born' = from "to the manner born" Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, Scene 4, line 2--frequently misquoted in popular speech as "to the manor born"} "That is not so certain, sir, by what I learn, as that the throne is likely to maintain Louis Philippe. To own the truth to you, I am a Carlist, as all genteel articles are, and I enter but little into the subject of Louis Philippe's reign." {Carlist = supporter of King Charles X of France, who was deposed in 1830 by King Louis Philippe} This remark made me melancholy, by reviving the recollection of Adrienne, and the conversation ceased. An hour or two later, I was removed from the line, properly ironed, and returned to my boss. The same day I was placed in a shop in Broadway, belonging to a firm of which I now understood the colonel was a sleeping partner. A suitable entry was made against me, in a private memorandum book, which, as I once had an opportunity of seeing it, I will give here. Super-extraordinary Pocket-Handkerchief, French cambric, trimmed and worked, in account with Bobbinet & Gull. DR. To money paid first cost--francs 100, at 5.25, -- $19.04 To interest on same for -- 00.00 To portion of passage money, -- 00.04 To porterage, -- 00.00 1/4 To washing and making up, -- 00.25 (Mem.--See if a deduction cannot be made from this charge.) CR. By cash, for allowing Miss Thimble to copy pattern--not to be worked until our article is sold, -- $1. 00 By cash for sale, &c. -{in account with.... = this and subsequent "accounts" are presented by Cooper in tabular form, generally without decimal points in the figures; we have inserted decimals and omitted zeros to make them more readable} Thus the account stood the day I was first offered to the admiration of the fair of New York. Mr. Bobbinet, however, was in no hurry to exhibit me, having several articles of less beauty, that he was anxious to get off first. For my part, I was as desirous of being produced, as ever a young lady was to come out; and then my companions in the drawer were not of the most agreeable character. We were all pocket- handkerchiefs, together, and all of French birth. Of the whole party, I was the only one that had been worked by a real lady, and consequently my education was manifestly superior to those of my companions. THEY could scarcely be

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called comme il faut, at all; though, to own the truth, I am afraid there is tant soit peu de vulgarity about all WORKED pocket-handkerchiefs. I remember that, one day, when Madame de la Rocheaimard and Adrienne were discussing the expediency of buying our whole piece, with a view of offering us to their benefactress, the former, who had a fine tact in matters of this sort, expressed a doubt whether the dauphine would be pleased with such an offering. {comme il faut = proper; tant soit peu de = ever so little of; {worked = embroidered} "Her Royal Highness, like all cultivated minds, looks for fitness in her ornaments and tastes. What fitness is there, ma chere, in converting an article of real use, and which should not be paraded to one's associates, into an article of senseless luxury. I know there are two doctrines on this important point--" {ma chere = my dear} But, as I shall have occasion, soon, to go into the whole philosophy of this matter, when I come to relate the manner of my next purchase, I will not stop here to relate all that Madame de la Rocheaimard said. It is sufficient that she, a woman of tact in such matters at least, had strong doubts concerning the TASTE and propriety of using worked pocket- handkerchiefs, at all. My principal objection to my companions in the drawer was their incessant senseless repinings about France, and their abuse of the country in which they were to pass their lives. I could see enough in America to find fault with, through the creaks of the drawer, and if an American, I might have indulged a little in the same way myself, for I am not one of those who think fault-finding belongs properly to the stranger, and not to the native. It is the proper office of the latter, as it is his duty to amend these faults; the traveler being bound in justice to look at the good as well as the evil. But, according to my companions, there was NOTHING good in America--the climate, the people, the food, the morals, the laws, the dress, the manners, and the tastes, were all infinitely worse than those they had been accustomed to. Even the physical proportions of the population were condemned, without mercy. I confess I was surprised at hearing the SIZE of the Americans sneered at by POCKET-HANDKERCHIEFS, as I remember to have read that the NOSES of the New Yorkers, in particular, were materially larger than common. When the supercilious and vapid point out faults, they ever run into contradictions and folly; it is only under the lash of the discerning and the experienced, that we betray by our writhings the power of the blow we receive. {creaks = probably a typographical error--Cooper's manuscript read "cracks"}

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I might have been a fortnight in the shop, when I heard a voice as gentle and lady-like as that of Adrienne, inquiring for pocket-handkerchiefs. My heart fairly beat for joy; for, to own the truth, I was getting to be wearied to death with the garrulous folly of my companions. They had so much of the couturieres about them! not one of the whole party ever having been a regular employee in genteel life. Their niaisiries were endless, and there was just as much of the low bred anticipation as to their future purchases, as one sees at the balls of the Champs Elysee on the subject of partners. The word "pocket-handkerchief," and that so sweetly pronounced, drew open our drawer, as it might be, instinctively. Two or three dozen of us, all of exquisite fineness, were laid upon the counter, myself and two or three more of the better class being kept a little in the back ground, as a skillful general holds his best troops in reserve. {couturieres = dress makers; niaisiries = should read niaiseries, French for silliness} The customers were sisters; that was visible at a glance. Both were pretty, almost beautiful--and there was an air of simplicity about their dress, a quiet and unobtrusive dignity in their manners, which at once announced

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them to be real ladies. Even the tones of their voices were polished, a circumstance that I think one is a little apt to notice in New York. I discovered, in the course of the conversation, that they were the daughters of a gentleman of very large estate, and belonged to the true elite of the country. The manner in which the clerks received them, indeed, proclaimed this; for, though their other claims might not have so promptly extracted this homage, their known wealth would. Mr. Bobbinet attended these customers in person. Practiced in all that portion of human knowledge which appertains to a salesman, he let the sweet girls select two or three dozen handkerchiefs of great beauty, but totally without ornament, and even pay for them, before he said a word on the subject of the claims of his reserved corps. When he thought the proper moment had arrived, however, one of the least decorated of our party was offered to the consideration of the young ladies. The sisters were named Anne and Maria, and I could see by the pleasure that beamed in the soft blue eyes of the former, that she was quite enchanted with the beauty of the article laid before her so unexpectedly. I believe it is in FEMALE "human nature" to admire every thing that is graceful and handsome, and especially when it takes the form of needle-work. The sweet girls praised handkerchief after handkerchief, until I was laid before them, when their pleasure extracted exclamations of delight. All was done so quietly, however, and in so lady-like a manner, that the attention of no person in the shop was drawn to them by this natural indulgence of surprise. Still I observed that neither of the young lades inquired the PRICES, these being considerations that had no influence on the intrinsic value, in their eyes; while the circumstance caused my heart to sink within me, as it clearly proved they did not intend to purchase, and I longed to become the property of the gentle, serene- eyed Anne. After thanking Mr. Bobbinet for the trouble he had taken, they ordered their purchases sent home, and were about to quit the shop. "Can't I persuade you to take THIS?" demanded Bobbinet, as they were turning away. There is not its equal in America. Indeed, one of the house, our Colonel Silky, who has just returned from Paris, says it was worked expressly for the dauphine, who was prevented from getting it by the late revolution." "It IS a pity so much lace and such exquisite work should be put on a pocket-handkerchief," said Anne, almost involuntarily. "I fear if they were on something more suitable, I might buy them." A smile, a slight blush, and curtsy, concluded the interview; and the young ladies hastily left the shop. Mr. Bobbinet was disappointed, as, indeed, was Col. Silky, who was present, en amateur; but the matter could not be helped, as these were customers who acted and thought for themselves, and all the oily persuasion of shop-eloquence could not influence them. {en amateur = in the guise of a connoisseur} "It is quite surprising, colonel," observed Mr. Bobbinet, when his customers were properly out of hearing, "that THESE young ladies should let such an article slip through their fingers. Their father is one of the richest men we have; and yet they never even asked the price." "I fancy it was not so much the PRICE that held 'em back," observed the colonel, in his elegant way, as something else. There are a sort of customers that don't buy promiscuously; they do every thing by rule. They don't believe that a nightcap is intended for a bed-quilt." Bobbinet & Co. did not exactly understand his more sophisticated partner; but before he had time to ask an explanation, the appearance of another customer caused his face to brighten, and changed the current of his thoughts. The person who now entered was an exceedingly brilliant looking girl of twenty, dressed in the height of fashion, and extremely well, though a severe critic might have thought she was OVER dressed for the streets, still she had alighted from a carriage. Her face was decidedly handsome, and her person exquisitely proportioned. As a whole, I had scarcely ever seen a young creature that could lay claim to more of the loveliness of her sex. Both the young ladies who had just left us were pleasing and pretty; and to own

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the truth, there was an air of modest refinement about them, that was not so apparent in this new visiter; but the dazzling appearance of the latter, at first, blinded me to her faults, and I saw nothing but her perfection. The interest manifested by the master--I beg his pardon, the boss of the store--and the agitation among the clerks, very plainly proved that much was expected from the visit of this young lady, who was addressed, with a certain air of shop-familiarity, as Miss Halfacre--a familiarity that showed she was an habituee of the place, and considered a good customer. Luckily for the views of Bobbinet & Co., we were all still lying on the counter. This is deemed a fortunate circumstance in the contingencies of this species of trade, since it enables the dealer to offer his uncalled-for wares in the least suspicious and most natural manner. It was fortunate, also, that I lay at the bottom of the little pile--a climax being quite as essential in sustaining an extortionate price, as in terminating with due effect, a poem, a tragedy, or a romance. "Good morning, Miss Halfacre," said Mr. Bobbinet, bowing and smiling; if his face had been half as honest as it professed to be, it would have GRINNED. "I am glad you have come in at this moment, as we are about to put on sale some of the rarest articles, in the way of pocket-handkerchiefs, that have ever come to this market. The Misses Burton have just seen them, and THEY pronounce them the most beautiful articles of the sort they have ever seen; and I believe they have been over half the world." "And did they take any, Mr. Bobbinet? The Miss Burtons are thought to have taste." "They have not exactly PURCHASED, but I believe each of them has a particular article in her eye. Here is one, ma'am, that is rather prettier than any you have yet seen in New York. The price is SIXTY dollars." The word SIXTY was emphasized in a way to show the importance that was attached to PRICE--that being a test of more than common importance with the present customer. I sighed when I remembered that poor Adrienne had received but about ten dollars for ME--an article worth so much more than that there exhibited. "It is really very pretty, Mr. Bobbinet, very pretty, but Miss Monson bought one not quite as pretty, at Lace's; and SHE payed SIXTY- FIVE, if I am not mistaken." "I dare say; we have them at much higher prices. I showed YOU this only that you might see that OUR SIXTIES are as handsome as MR. LACE'S sixty-FIVES. What do you think of THIS?" "That IS a jewel! What IS the price, Mr. Bobbinet?" "Why, we will let YOU have it for seventy, though I do think it ought to bring five more." "Surely you do not abate on pocket-handkerchiefs! One doesn't like to have such a thing TOO low." "Ah, I may as well come to the point at once with such a customer as yourself, Miss Halfacre; here is the article on which I pride myself. THAT article never WAS equalled in this market, and never WILL be." I cannot repeat half the exclamations of delight which escaped the fair Eudosia, when I first burst on her entranced eye. She turned me over and over, examined me with palpitating bosom, and once I thought she was about to kiss me; then, in a trembling voice, she demanded the price. "ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS, ma'am;" answered Bobbinet, solemnly. "Not a cent more, on my honor." "No, surely!" exclaimed Eudosia, with delight instead of alarm. "Not a HUNDRED!" "ONE HUNDRED, Miss Eudosia, to the last cent; then we scarcely make a living profit."

" To this Bobbinet assented. this is the highest priced handkerchief that was ever sold in New York.. and other liabilities. ma'am.. that there was some drawback on all this prosperity. mortgages. and all the more vulgar aspects of real estate. It is the highest priced handkerchief. just then. of large undivided interests in Milwaukie. but offer him a bit of land that could be measured by feet and inches. notes. it must be confessed. The young lady tripped into her carriage. In precisely forty-three minutes. For farms. and laid a note on the counter. Halfacre considered himself a very prudent man: first. four hundred and seventeen dollars worse than nothing. I never knew any body as particular as Pa. It is true. and. the fair creature feeling all the advantage of having so good an opportunity of purchasing so dear an article. however. sir. would have been a very rich man. made her valuable acquisition. by means of getting portions of the paper he received discounted. that ever crossed the Atlantic. "In America. and to pay all current demands. A . because he was careful to "extend himself. when he began his beneficent and energetic career in this branch of business. he had a sovereign contempt. of one hundred and twenty-three in the city of Brooklyn. Miss Eudosia. Every thing was done as she had desired. just two millions. making a sum total that amounted to the odd six hundred thousand dollars. to maintain a fine figure account in the bank. because he always took another man's paper for a larger amount than he had given of his own. was just twenty-three thousand. was the owner of several hundred lots on the island of Manhattan. belonged to his creditors. had all his lots been sold as he had inventoried them. and as she had some distance to make in the better society of the town. for a man who. a handsome sum. Halfacre's check for one hundred dollars. The celebrated Miss Jewel's. To own the truth. You will not let the handkerchief be seen for ONE hour--only ONE hour--and then you shall hear from me. the fair Eudosia. by twenty dollars. Esq. and he was your man." at the risk of other persons. it was wisely determined that a golden bridge should be thrown across the dividing chasm. But one of his children. It is a perfect treasure!" "Shall I send it. for any specific lot or lots. only cost seventy-nine. Halfacre's bonds. and was instantly whirled from the door. thirdly. of nearly as many in Williamsburg. this still left him." as he expressed it. There is no question. Chicago. Moonville. but I will go instantly home and show him the importance of this purchase. Bobbinet. had his debts been paid. and brought but fifty dollars with me. Mr. the landed estate of Henry Halfacre. or don't you like to trust it out of your sight?" "Not yet. he began to be known as the RICH Mr. was out. Halfacre inherited nothing. however. besides owning a considerable part of a place called Coney Island. I only came out to buy a few trifles. in truth. half out of breath. in my person. As he managed. and other similar places. Esq. that Henry Halfacre. CHAPTER X. 41 "Why. Mr. of Boston. Eudosia. and never shrunk from jeoparding property that. Halfacre. Mr." This was said with a sort of rapture. The latter contained Mr. In other words. and Pa insists on having no bills. Bobbinet. in high repute in the city of New York. "inventoried. in five minutes. six hundred and twelve thousand dollars. Rock River. Notwithstanding the amount of his "bills payable. because he insisted on having no book debts. a maid entered. I was going up Broadway as fast as Honor O'Flagherty's (for such was the name of the messenger) little dumpy legs could carry me. Henry Half acre was a speculator in town-lots--a profession that was." "Only! Oh." Mr. and a request from the fair Eudosia that I might be delivered to her messenger. ere she could pass for aristocratic. second. a handsome paper balance of two millions. Mr. I MUST have it.CHAPTER X. and had he not spent his money a little faster than it was bona fide made. I have not so much money. but he was a man of what are called energy and enterprise. Mr. Esq. he had a spirit for running in debt. and lastly. The very morning that his eldest child. Henry Halfacre. In a word.

a pretty girl like Eudosia. in the Hudson Valley. {was out = was a debutante. in consequence of the shortness of her legs. Eudosia was permitted to continue the visits in White street. had got to be enumerated among the Manhattan nabobs. she stopped no less than eleven times to communicate the magnitude of Miss Dosie's purchase.handkerchief. When Eudosia was fairly in possession of a hundred-dollar pocket-handkerchief. and which had been in his family ever since the seventeenth century. 42 hundred-dollar pocket. who was as unlike her as possible. after all.looking creature was. To two particular favorites she actually showed me. and the necessity of making up for lost time.e. after her bossee had fairly worn me. where he and his enjoyed the full benefit of all the dust. this glorious. the hereditary dollar was not worth more than twelve and a half cents. As there is something. fair reputation.falling in from three-life leases = i. that is to say. and a want of a knowledge of the finesse of fine life--now the beautiful Eudosia had an intimate friend named Clara Caverly.. Mr. 5. at a period of prosperity like that which prevailed in 1832. generally simultaneous operations with this great operator. and the daughter of a man of "four figure" lots. But. and appearance. and having an extensive acquaintance among the other Milesians of the town. in 1832. did not own a lot on the island. and lived in a modest two-story house. after the manner in which young people form such friendships. and Kathleen Brady. out of breath. and enabled him to invest in bonds and mortgages two or three thousand a-year.. had been presented to society} Honor O'Flagherty was both short-legged and short-breathed. {owned the fee. led to the so-called . certain inroads upon the fitness of things in the way of expression. even after her own family were in full possession in Broadway. and commotion of that great thoroughfare. In this manner my arrival was circulated prematurely in certain coteries.. to wear away under the friction of the world. and the daughter had experienced the advantage of as great a blessing. being quite unconscious that they were circulating news that had reached their ears via Honor O'Flagherty. in spite of a very badly modulated voice. Miss Dosie = Miss Eudosia. The attachment was one of childhood and accident--the two girls having been neighbors and school-fellows until they had got to like each other. Biddy Noon. it was hoped. in the way of society. Caverly was a lawyer of good practice. Caverly owned farms in Orange County that had been leased out for long periods (the lives of three persons named at the moment the lease was granted) but which were now about to revert to him--such long-term leases. {Milesians = slang for Irish (from Milesius. as compared with the "inventoried" dollar. in White street. Esq. and the pressure of time. Mr. would serve for the key-stone. As to a husband. and to four others she promised a peep some day. the great seal might be said to be attached to the document that was to elevate the Halfacres throughout all future time. Clara Caverly was in Broadway when Honor O'Flagherty arrived with me. 3. Still Mr. She felt the full importance of her mission. that were falling in from three-lives leases. called poor. a mythical Spanish conqueror of Ireland). he had no known bank-stock. It is true his practice supported his family. Halfacre occupied a very GENTEEL residence in Broadway.CHAPTER X. and even lovely. was director of neither bank nor insurance company. His wife happened to be a lady from her cradle. and respectable family. Caverly was what the world of New York. as soon as he had "inventoried" half a million. in a historical name. noise. education.. habits. and then all the ends of life would be attained. and the acquisition of such a residence was like the purchase of a marquiseta in Italy. 4. the pretty mouths and fine voices that spoke of my marvels. and of her class. {marquiseta = presumably the residence or palace of a Marquis} Now the beautiful Eudosia--for beautiful. in character. and 6. coteries = social sets} Mr. and yet who was firmly her friend. and Henry Halfacre. and he owned the fee of some fifteen or eighteen farms in Orange county. might get one any day. It was a sort of patent of nobility to live in Broadway. This house had been purchased and mortgaged. bossee = humorous for a female boss. under solemn promise of secrecy. and the Caverleys [sic] still had the best of it.

imitating. Thoughtful has desired me to ask for it half a dozen times. her education and habits triumphed. I flatter myself it IS style to have a handkerchief that cost a hundred dollars. the tone of Bobbinet & Co. as near as possible. Miss Dosie." "When may I tell Mrs. just when I've paid a hundred dollars for a pocket-handkerchief? That was not said with your usual good sense. Still. and she would not commend what she regarded as ingenuity misspent. by twenty-one dollars!" Clara Caverly sighed." said Eudosia. Now is a good time to get your subscription to the Widows' and Orphans' Society. Eudosia! What a sum to pay for so useless a thing!" "Useless! Do you call a pocket-handkerchief useless?" "Quite so. the highest priced thing of this sort that was ever before sold in New York only came to seventy-nine dollars. as she gazed at my exquisite lace. my dear. when it is made in a way to render it out of the question to put it to the uses for which it was designed. twelve and a half cents = an English shilling." Clara examined me very closely. but in Broadway one is never tired of such things-. it was a fair. at all events. It was under the influence of this feeling." cried the exulting housemaid. Clara Caverly. "this is a pocket. there it is. and. Miss Dosie." "NOW a good time to ask for three dollars! What. because senseless. I dare say it has escaped you that you are quite a twelvemonth in arrear. anti-rent war that was breaking out at the time Cooper wrote this book. that I should think you would weary of them." {preferred = promoted} "What has Honor brought you NOW?" asked Clara Caverly in her quiet way. Clara. Clara. Mrs. People must be MADE of money to pay out so much at one time. though quite innocently-"Well. and it's a jewel. "This handkerchief cost ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS. Eudosia. as to trim a handkerchief in that style. too.CHAPTER X. in spite of something like a frown. and an expression of dissatisfaction that gathered about her pretty face. Mine is superior to all. Why. perfect ornamental work. and tasteless. somewhat inopportunely it must be confessed. I am glad you can afford such a luxury. that had its birth in the thought of how much good a hundred dollars might have done. moral sigh." laying me out at full length in her lap. weary of beautiful dresses? Never.see. dear Eudosia.handkerchief--I wish your opinion of it. "You make so many purchases. then. Thoughtful. too--I could detect some of the latent feelings of the sex. deliberately and with emphasis. and unequaled fineness. for she saw by the brilliant eyes and flushed cheeks of her friend that it was something the other would have pleasure in conversing about. I should as soon think of trimming gum shoes with satin. never! That might do for White street. or any unworthy feeling. properly applied. or envy. It was not with regret. nabobs = rich men (usually businessmen of recent affluence)} 43 "There. that she said. honest. "Is it possible." "Style? Yes. still often used in conversation in America." "What. luxury. that you will send it to her?" . though preferred to so honorable and confidential a mission--"There. however. for such was Honor's domestic rank.-for Clara was pretty.

"Yes. but this handkerchief is out of place. Murray dined with Pa last week. dear girl--you are always one of the best creatures in the world. does it not?" "So I thought at first. and gives her hundred.dollar handkerchiefs. two hundred million!" Eudosia had interpolated the word "hundred." quite innocently. I will pay Mrs. At last. Two hundred million. for a gentleman who keeps his coach--lives in Broadway--dresses his daughter as I dress." "Out of place! Now. Now. you know George Murray is not as old as I am. The Society can be in no such hurry for its subscriptions. Thoughtful before I go home. 44 "I am sure that is more than I can say. I shall be glad when the gentlemen learn to talk of something else. one DOES hear a great deal of it. Mr. and of course he knew very well what HE was worth. near a hundred dollars' worth of articles of dress to make a decent appearance. my dear.CHAPTER X. At first they said nothing but 'lots--lots--up town--down town--twenty-five feet front--dollar." "Six. and I want. What do you think Pa is worth?" "Bless me. but it means no such thing. how much do you guess?" "Really." "Well. I forget how much it was. and set down how much one is worth." observed Clara. for I didn't care. I wish to see you always dressed with propriety. as usually happens with those to whom money is new." "Not if never paid.' La! child. "two hundred millions. But the best is to come. and all this magnificent work on it. I do not even know how much my own father is worth. they must amount to a good deal. as they call it. foolish? Is it foolish to have money. for I thought I should get something new. and got into this room to listen. besides sixty millions of odd money!" . perhaps. I wish you had not bought that foolish pocket-handkerchief." answered Clara. drily. these are things I never think of. and which cost a HUNDRED DOLLARS. slightly gaping--"a thousand dollars. and so I listened to what Pa had inventoried. or to be thought rich?" "Certainly not the first. my dear. for. which I can very well do without until you can pay me. Pa asked Mr. Mother tells me how much I may spend. Shall I lend you the money--my mother gave me ten dollars this morning. It means to count up. Murray said he did THAT every month. and I can want to learn no more. he did. dear Eudosia. hear me. Mr. How much is it? three dollars I believe. I haven't the least idea. dollar. her imagination ran ahead of her arithmetic." "Foolish! Do you call a handkerchief with such lace." "A thousand dollars! What. notwithstanding. Of course you know what that means?" "It meant to FILL. Clara." "DO. I overheard them talking. for you do credit to your dress. though it may be better not to be thought rich." she added." "Did he?" "Yes. you never heard such stuff in your life!" "One gets used to these things. Murray if he had inventoried lately. though it is to be a great secret. to make a few purchases. Pa will be in no hurry to give me more money soon. and they sat over their wine until near ten. But. dollar. "Yes. at this moment. if you pay the past and present year.

Unable to discriminate themselves. in its most commonplace aspect. besides caring very little for these millions. In the present instance she saw this truth only by halves. it never can be graceful or pleasing. 45 "It IS a great deal. A pocket-handkerchief. under the influence of popular habits. does not this alter the matter about the pocket. for the want of this very education. they had been obliged to trust their daughter to the care of mercenaries." "Yes. when I could get one." observed Clara quietly. it may be. but everybody cannot have hundred-dollar handkerchiefs. for that conveys an idea of delicacy in its owner. not for show. she had only received a bad education. To deride all the refined attainments of human skill denotes ignorance of the means of human happiness. nor is it any evidence of acquaintance with the intricate machinery of social greatness and a lofty civilization. but here her superior instruction ended. but it does not alter it as to the fitness. The real VIRTUES of all are the same. but ornamented beyond reason. and it is bad taste to make it an object of attraction. and if the skill of the ingenious and laborious is indispensable to a solid foundation. FINE. though she still looked disapprobation of her purchase. All she acquired had been for effect. the lovely Eudosia had not a bad heart. is but a menial appliance. And here I will digress a moment to make a single remark on a subject of which popular feeling. I shall wear my purchase at Miss Trotter's ball to-night. I suppose your Pa makes you study political economy." "It may alter the matter as to the extravagance. Of what USE is a pocket-handkerchief like this? A pocket-handkerchief is made for USE.CHAPTER XI. Her parents had given her a smattering of the usual accomplishments. who fancied their duties discharged when they had taught their pupil to repeat like a parrot. in America. Clara?" "I would have her use it like a young lady. CHAPTER XI. is apt to take an exparte view. at the best. But it always strikes me as a proof of ignorance and a want of refinement when the uses of things are confounded. These gradations in attainments are inseparable from civilized society. Clara. though they may have embroidered slippers. in comparison with what is considered household virtues. Now. and in no other way." To this Clara made no objection. I grant you that. Look what a tawdry and vulgar thing an embroidered slipper is on a woman's foot. The accomplishment of a cook is to make good dishes. without the tastes and habits of the refined and cultivated. as will appear by the remark she made on the occasion. in which her instruction and her pockethandkerchief might be said to be of a piece. and agreeable and intellectual habits. "Then. of a seamstress to sew well. as to the PRICE I have paid for this handkerchief. Now. Ma says there are not ten richer men than Pa in the state. and not for the purpose of every-day use. for.handkerchief? It would be mean in me not to have a hundred-dollar handkerchief. "you ought to remember what the laws of political economy lay down on such subjects. and of a lady to possess refined tastes. "That sounds like a great deal. too. she had not a profound respect for her friend's accuracy on such subjects. never. though it was not often that she came to sound and discriminating decisions even in matters less complicated. and that. though subject to laws peculiar to their station." she said. a cultivated mind. . but it is a very different thing when we come to the mere accomplishments. my dear." "You would not have a young lady use her pocket-handkerchief like a snuffy old nurse. Accomplishments are derided as useless. {exparte = should be "ex parte"--one-sided (Latin)} Eudosia had some indistinct glimmerings of this fact.

half a century since. though I do not pretend to know." resumed Eudosia. and free trade." "No?" answered Clara." 46 "Well. You know a distribution of labor is the source of all civilization--that trade is an exchange of equivalents--that custom-houses fetter these equivalents--that nothing which is fettered is free--" "My dear Eudosia. Clara. much as Mr. that any thing which is fettered is not free? And that freedom is the greatest blessing of this happy country. Political economy is especially a science of terms. no--far from it--but we don't speak of this publicly. I might have had the handkerchief for at least five-and. you know. sought to raise taxes in order to pay off the British national debt} "Well. and even the clergy. yes. Then the custom-house--ah." answered Clara. My father says it is----" "What? I am curious to know.twenty dollars lower----!" "In which case you would have prized it five-and-twenty times less. and." . it is the only way to be rich. "THAT is true. of course. that is singular. Pitt's celebrated sinking-fund = Sir William Pitt "the younger" (1759-1806). what IS your tongue running on?" "You will not deny. in this age of the world. with a half-suppressed smile. free trade. no doubt. then. it applies to hackney-coaches. my dear?" "Indeed he does not. Pa hasn't always been rich. notwithstanding. and under very much the same influences." interrupted Clara. quite as well as the friend who was using them. I dare say your Pa is worth as much as that?" "I have not the least idea he is worth a fourth of it. I hardly know what it means. to own the truth to you. not to be thought worth at least half a million. after all. my dear. Pitt's celebrated sinking-fund scheme for paying off the national debt of Great Britain did. is just the portion of it which is indebted to them the most. Clara.handkerchiefs. "if one can believe what one reads. "Oh. she knowing the fact already perfectly well. fifty of the hundred dollars I have paid. ferry-boats." "Why. for Pa says. what as plain speaking a man as Mr. Now this handkerchief of mine. But Clara had not patience to hear any more of the unintelligible jargon which has got possession of the world to-day. Now. as a branch of it is called. for one of his station. in this manner. does NOT apply to pocket. smiling archly. To me half a million of dollars seems a great deal of money. "it is connected in this way. and she desired her friend to come at once to the point. who understood the phrases. She has earned. Caverly calls it.CHAPTER XI. The luxuries of the rich give employment to the poor. no doubt. and that trade ought to be as free as any thing else?" All this was gibberish to Clara Caverly. Clara. at least. generally. if it were not for that vile custom-house. when he became Prime Minister in 1784. doctors. lawyers. and political economy." "And yet. {Mr. as connected with the pocket-handkerchief. that he has succeeded so wonderfully. and I know my father considers himself poor--poor. it is by means of a trade in lots. But what were you about to say of political economy? I am curious to hear how THAT can have any thing to do with your handkerchief. food and raiment. laughing. for. and cause money to circulate. has given employment to some poor French girl for four or five months. it being a sort of disgrace in New York. Clara.

To money paid. if we . twenty-five more to the odious custom-house.. Halfacre.CHAPTER XI. Dosie.00 By cash paid for article.100.00. for.00. "But.05 ---------. Bobbinet. {retenue = discretion} I scarcely know whether to felicitate myself or not. I had every reason to be satisfied with the hands into which fortune had now thrown me. let a friend have what hold he or she may on your heart. without the interposition of third persons. to hold out any longer. -. and the reasoning fair. the handkerchief. -.101." Act III. Trotter's ball by eight. It is really a great trial. I believe he thinks of nothing but his lots. and very useful to society. to whom she longed to exhibit my perfection. endeavoring to mouth the word in a theatrical manner. as profits.05 ---------. and ten. and we must go. -. There were many things to admire in Eudosia--a defective education being the great evil with which she had to contend. &c. = "Fetch me the handkerchief. superficially acquired--principles that scarce extended beyond the retenue and morals of her sex--tastes that had been imbibed from questionable models--and hopes that proceeded from a false estimate of the very false position into which she had been accidentally and suddenly thrown. "I wonder what has become of your father. and the two females had all the joys of anticipation to themselves. to Mr. after all. and had an opportunity of learning something of her true character.. some fifteen to rent. for. and escape the influence of this portion of the female frame. Heigho! It's ten o'clock.he had not dined at home.33 To portion of passage money.. if it really deserved such a name.04 To porterage. The beautiful girl was dressed and ready for Mrs. "It is SO like him to forget an engagement to a ball.25 ------------.HUMBUG. and I shall. Thoughtful. while stern truth lies behind all to level the pride of understanding. francs 100." Shakespeare. as second to the wish to exhibit her own. and her admiring mother thought it impossible for the heart of Morgan Morely. I suspect true happiness is to be found in these little fortunes.04 To interest on same for ninety days. The reader may wish to see how closely Eudosia's account of profit and loss came to the fact. first cost. it has a few secrets that are strictly its own. how much happier. a reputed six figure fortune. on the circumstance that I was brought out the very first evening I passed in the possession of Eudosia Halfacre. after inquiring for her husband for the tenth time.$1. By means of the mesmeritic power of a pocket. for the first time. Owing to this education. -. I sometimes wish we weren't worth more than a million.00 By washerwoman's deduction. poor Adrienne! Thou didst not receive for me as many francs as this fair calculation gave thee dollars. -.By profit. viz. -. -." said the daughter." Alas. hadst thou kept the money paid for me. The propositions seem plausible.00.39 3/4 As Clara Caverly had yet to see Mrs. at 7 per cent.$81. make up the statement from the private books of the firm that had the honor of once owning me. oh. many hours of painful and anxious toil! But it is thus with human calculations.$19 66 1/4 CR. she had superficial accomplishments. Now all this is very good. at 5.00. lights." said Mrs. DR. Scene 4. perhaps.25. and.00. to be so rich. and richer wouldst thou have been. She could scarcely be a woman. Mr. and prove the fallacy of the wisdom of men. -. I was thus left alone with my new employer.$19. "Othello. line 98} "Oh! Fifty dollars go to the poor girl who does the work. -. 47 "He is plain speaking enough to call it a ----.: Super-extraordinary Pocket-handkerchief. Still Eudosia had a heart. as you must own. fuel.. Halfacre did not appear-. the former now took her leave. By some accident or other. as Othello says. and spared thyself so many. If admiration of myself could win my favor. consequently.00 1/4 To washing and making up." {Othello says. sold the lace even at a loss.handkerchief. and pay Eudosia's subscription. By cash paid by Miss Thimble. in account with Bobbinet & Co. I soon discovered that there was a certain Morgan Morely in New York.

These two slight faults repaired. indeed. a general buzz announced my arrival in the salle a manger-salons. if not by that high sentiment. Still. To deny the deep gratification I felt at the encomiums I received. one might do well to get introduced. "You've been to the surrogate's office. and even the men. began to take an interest in me. 48 mean to be there at all. I feel myself impelled. and KNOW that he has left his daughter seventy-eight thousand dollars. for I have made some of the warmest and truest-hearted friends in New York that it ever fell to the lot of a pocket-handkerchief to enjoy. In a word. all silent together. this Halfacre. As the rumor that a "three-figure" pocket. and had I been a Polish count. as two little apartments. GREAT EMPORIUM [capitals in original] = New York City. I was the first hundred-dollar pocket-handkerchief that had then appeared in their circles. at least by a feeling of gratitude for the great consideration that is attached to pocket-handkerchiefs. to be able to give his daughter a hundred-dollar pocket-handkerchief. that it is exceedingly difficult to analyze them. for Mrs. you'll keep where you are. and we all three got in. between two young fashionables. "This must be a rich old chap. too. It was a queer thing to borrow a pocket. Claude = Claude Lorrain (1600-1682). Chausse d'Autin = Chaussee d'Antin. a fashionable Parisian street and neighborhood} It has been said that my arrival produced a general buzz. Cole = Thomas Cole (1801. and was surrounded. New York society might rival that of Paris. and quit their mother's apron-strings. did not descend to the minutiae of trimmings and work. patriotism.1848). French landscape painter. not to say the heart. on those of Cole." "Oh. by a bevy of young friends. I have no intention of describing fashionable society in the GREAT EMPORIUM of the WESTERN WORLD. it is true. it is on account of its formal and almost priggish quiet--the female voice being usually quite lost in it--thus leaving a void in the ear. Could a few young ladies.handkerchief. who were quite unconscious of the acuteness of the senses of our family. for that matter. American landscape painter. too. had preceded my appearance. it would add vastly to the grouping. ease. I overheard the following little aside." The carriage was ordered. and while in her hands. They went from my borders to my centre--from the lace to the hem--and from the hem to the minutest fibre of my exquisite texture. I always distrust people who throw out such lures. or even of fineness. high breeding and common sense being so blended together. in my presence. to tell which is which. some will think. and have seen the will of old Simonds. with two sets of moustaches. be persuaded to become a little more prominent." . but the "three figure" had a surprising effect.handkerchief was to be at the ball. just to declare that it is all scandal. In less than a minute Eudosia had made her curtsy. this pocket-handkerchief may be only a sign. Charley Pray told me of this girl last week.CHAPTER XI. as too early.pieces" of formal rows of dark-looking men. were called. leaving a message for Mr. Caverly once said. More than this I do not wish to say. {salle a manger-salons = dining rooms-parlor. or. It is this moral fusion that renders the whole perfect. and. with a door between them that made each an alcove of the other. If I have any fault to find with New York society. in a corner." My fame soon spread through the rooms. rout = evening party. Every body understands that it is on the best possible footing--grace. and all dying to see me. that is painful to endure. after all. would be hypocrisy. that she thought it as vulgar to be too late. when no one had ever heard of her pocket-handkerchief." "If you'll take my advice. but I was lent to twenty people that night. or. there is no sham here. the young ones in particular. as envious and evil disposed persons have dared to call in question the elegance. Tom. and more especially the retenue of a Manhattanese rout. and of the flounces of pretty women. especially in the Chausse d'Autin. Ned. rely on it." was the answer. Halfacre to follow us. as the harmony of fine coloring throws a glow of glory on the pictures of Claude. This latter interest. and relieve the stiffness of the "shin. and less than this I cannot in honor write. I could not have been more flattered and "entertained. An elderly lady sent to borrow me for a moment.

CHAPTER XI. "THAT is what I call an escape! That cursed handkerchief was very near taking me in. A creature that is just to tell a girl not to wet her feet. in a voice louder than was prudent. then. It was apparent enough. in the way of a mother. physically. should be misled. since my arrival in this hemisphere." and "revolution. however. Tom. or of a higher tone of social morals in this delicate particular. Lest the reader. with a cold. I wish to say. It was not long. 49 "Why don't Charley. on the other side of the Atlantic. for instance?" "The Burtons have. but with the right sort there is very little danger. directly. or by implication. is strictly true. I could pick and choose among all the second-class heiresses in town. is just so much calumny. and get such girls as the Burtons. = President Andrew Jackson in 1833 withdrew the federal government deposits from the Bank of the United States." were the only words I could fairly understand. and I was not altogether without curiosity to know what that something was. as shown to the owner of such an article. Presently. {General Jackson. and to help tear the check-book out of money. {elegants = dandies} I was restored to Eudosia. however. that something had happened. if I had HIS imperial. and I heard no more of them or of their escapes. in the last sense. but. and the dialogue proceeded. it exceeded all my acuteness of hearing to learn what was said. though. by a lady into whose hands I had passed. while all that is said. leading to a major financial panic} "There!" exclaimed Ned. or have had. one is obliged in our business to put up with the SECOND class. reserved look. there's the rub. I call it swindling to make such false pretensions. but I mean morally. She has an old woman to help her make a fool of herself.. and an independence of opinion that is much too dear to me to consent to place it in question." "panic. But to return to facts. and of general conversation. that struck me as singular." {imperial = wealth (from a Russian gold coin)} "Ay. of the vices and faults of this happy young country. before I discovered. Why can't we aim higher at once." "General Jackson. has bound my heart to them to all eternity. a mother. that all they are told of the vices of OLD countries. in which "removal of deposites. that these two worthies are not to be taken as specimens of New York morality at all--no place on earth being more free from fortune-hunters. the young men dropped back into their former position. to use a homely phrase. and in this she was not . As I am writing for American readers." Here a buzz in the room drew the two young men a little aside. and when to cloak and uncloak. The many excellent friends I have made. is no more of a mother than old Simonds was of a Solomon. than you have a wet-nurse. I wish to add. and for a minute I heard nothing but indistinct phrases. and I will now proceed with my philosophical and profound disquisitions on what I have seen." "It might be very awkward with one who was not properly on his guard. she would be better off with a pair of good gum-shoes. however. with a perfect confidence that I shall receive credit. The poor girl fancied her pocket-handkerchief was the common theme. that Eudosia was the subject of general observation." Here the two elegants led out a couple of heiresses to dance. so long as she held me in her hand.. Now this very Eudosia Halfacre has no more mother." "And haven't all girls mothers? Who ever heard of a man or a woman without a mother!" "True. take her himself? I'm sure. when he made that will which every one of us knows by heart quite as well as he knows the constitution.

" and even "two-figure" people of our class into temporary disrepute. You see all the canaille are in the hands of their owners. by remarking-"It is no secret that we are out of favor for a night or two. it suddenly made money scarce. like so many cloaks. I overheard the whole story. had the highest claims of any in the party. I shall explain that reason at the proper moment. Halfacre happened to be in this awkward predicament. But some of the opinions uttered on this occasion--always in the mesmeritic manner. I was thrown on a sofa. in fact. But-. One General Jackson had "removed the deposits. by a bossess. Thus Eudosia and her mother were the only persons at Mrs. There we lay quite an hour. are left here in a corner. though. and he broke down in the effort to sustain himself. (if there is such a word. half an hour since. among a little pile of consoeurs. and gossiping in our own fashion. Mr. though I never could understand exactly what that meant." answered $45. the elite of pockethandkerchiefs. who was in the room. something had occurred which suddenly brought "three-figure. I thought I cut a "poor figure. Trotter's ball who were ignorant of what had happened. every one is afraid to be seen with an aristocratic handkerchief. It was only the next day that I discovered the reason we were thus neglected. be it remembered--will be seen in the following dialogue. whose father stopped payment within three hours after he signed the cheque that was to pay the importer. in order to compare our beauty. His energy had over-reached itself. on the very first evening of my appearance in the fashionable world." Such was. next to myself. when $80. in consequence of three figures having been paid for one of us. on account of my "three figures." lying as I did. could not long remain a . the failure of a reputed millionaire. I confess. and every body that was "extended" began to quake in their shoes.) for a gathering had been made. "Well!" exclaimed $25. and we shall come more into favor than ever. indeed. In a commercial town. and thus. for. As if impatient to get me out of sight. a congress of pocket-handkerchiefs." as I afterwards learned." An animated reply was about to set us all in commotion. like New York. one whispering the news to another. the truth.bless you! in a day or two all will be forgotten. more especially with those who had none. making our comments on the company. neglected in a corner. All is always forgotten in New York in a week. who. though no one could presume to communicate the fact to the parties most interested. but. and borrowed me of her friend. under a pretext of showing me to her mother. you see. "this is the first ball I have been at that I was not thought good enough to have a place in the quadrille. 50 far from right. "though YOU have been flourished about these two winters. {consoeurs = fellow sisters} The conversation among the handkerchiefs on the sofa. while we. in a way that ought to satisfy one of YOUR pretensions. certainly. though it was in a way she little suspected." although. this very day. it was merely to get me out of sight. like the tumbler who breaks his neck in throwing seventeen hundred somersets backwards. At length Clara Caverly drew near. Every one is more apt to hear an unpleasant rumor than those whom it immediately affects. ran principally on the subject of our comparative market value. for Clara was much too well-bred to render any part of another's dress the subject of her discussions in general society. changed the current of feeling. while our pretty hostesses were dancing. just at this moment.CHAPTER XII." {canaille = riff-raff} "There must be a reason for this. to own the truth. CHAPTER XII. I soon discovered that there was a good deal of envy against me.

But the crisis was at hand." "You mean. in making others as miserable as himself. Ma?" Eudosia said. and me. and as for the handkerchiefS. Oh! I used to stare myself when envious. The circumstance. and the carriage no sooner started than the poor girl gave vent to her feelings. at least." answered the man. Eudosia was permitted to cloak and get into the carriage unaided by any beau. but he removed the deposits." . Miss Eudosia Halfacre. both the ladies were a little confounded." "That is all. Trotter's rooms should stare so at me. smiling with a bitterness which showed he felt an inhuman joy. 51 secret. the old wretch! To think of his removing your deposits. as if they had never seen them surrounded by the evidences of their extravagance.night. which put an end to conversation until the carriage reached her own door. and second. I thought this handkerchief would make a commotion. Both Mrs. "Bless me!" exclaimed the wife--"YOU up at this hour?--what CAN have happened? what HAS come to our door?" "Nothing but beggary.nothing makes people stare like envy. and for the credit of so beautiful a handkerchief. "This is very dreadful. Jackson. a thing that had not happened to her since speculation had brought her father into notice. To-morrow. "Tell me the worst at once--is it true. HAVE you failed?" "It IS true--I HAVE failed. and declared that she was both tired and sleepy. and the truth could not long be concealed. attracted her attention. you are both beggars--I hope that. That accursed removal of the deposits. and I have not ninety-five dollars in bank. They wept. at that fierce moment. obviously in great mental distress. and with our large family!" commenced the mother--"and so the general has it all to answer for--why did you let him give so many notes for you?" "No--no--it is not that--I gave the notes myself. My notes have been this day protested for ninety-five thousand dollars. just as you wanted them so much yourself! But why did the clerks at the bank let him have them--they ought to have known that you had all this money to pay. this evening? I am sure my dress is as well made and proper as that of any other young lady in the rooms. as if they had never seen the wives and daughters of bankrupts before. that you have failed?" For that was a word too familiar in New York not to be understood even by the ladies. and this month will bring round quite a hundred and thirty thousand more. and every body stared at the wife and daughter. he ought to have been more than usually attentive to. dear--they DID envy you." To own the truth. Henry. He was pacing the drawing-room. twenty-three thousand more will fall due. "that every person in Mrs. by the light of a single tallow candle. Halfacre gaped. but curiosity soon caused them both to ask questions. Henry Halfacre--yes. and people cannot well pay debts without money. "What CAN be the matter. "Yes. more than any other. and for some few minutes there was a dead silence. and no wonder they stared-. will satisfy you." Mrs. when their owners heard the price. I could see envy in fifty eyes." "It's just like him. Mrs." "Still it was odd that Morgan Morely did not ask me to dance--he knows how fond I am of dancing. and that tiger. I tell you. have done it all. Halfacre and Eudosia were surprised to find the husband and father still up.CHAPTER XII. first.

Munny say that he didn't know a man of greater energy than yourself. and that will settle all your difficulties. I hate pity." This was said loftily. Dosie. Dosie will part with her handkerchief." "Ay." The grin with which the ruined speculator turned on his wife was nearly sardonic. rather than of depraved hearts. in the best manner they can. You know you always said that a man of energy can do any thing in this country. As I afterwards discovered. Mr. If I were in your place. no fear. especially if you can contrive to keep the lots. "however. That is the very reason why I have failed. and compromised with his creditors. don't let any body pity us." In what manner I was to open so much. but. these two females had most of the excellences of a devoted wife and daughter. reserving to himself a pretty little capital of . above all things--and especially the pity of my own friends." "Well. THAT will make a famous talk. "I take good care to prevent it. as it is called. after all. and I have heard Mr. this is TOO bad in the old general. in getting out of it.CHAPTER XII. Halfacre. they shall find if I have had extraordinary energy in running into debt." "I intend that as little as you do yourself. That handkerchief. 52 "You are telling that. "Surely it isn't necessary to move to do that." "Oh. but they'll get the lots. Let us not make ourselves the subjects of unpleasant remarks. I wouldn't fail just to spite them. too. Mrs. or part with all those lots you so much esteem and prize." muttered the father. if that will do any good. I declare. that I have extraordinary energy. as well as it was to the ladies. and carriages. I fancy. Dosie. When Mr. Pa. I only bought it because Munny was present. my dear--unless. their frivolities being the result of vicious educations or of no educations at all. that will be dreadful!" put in Eudosia. to one who knows it by experience. my dear. and let 'em find out that you have failed. I have a great many debts. and all this fine furniture must be brought to the hammer." added the speculator. indeed. Henry. "Your men of energy are the very fellows TO fail." "But you have hundreds of lots--give them lots. and with the most approved accents. in two or three years. and I wanted to get fifty thousand dollars out of him." "Very little fear of that. at least. seldom lay the foundations of much pity in readiness for their fall. the handkerchief will tell in settling up. Why tell people your distresses. I'm sure it MUST be unconstitutional for a president to remove your father's deposits. and furniture. The thing didn't succeed. too. may be made to cover a hundred lots. "For Heaven's sake." he said." "By George! that will be a capital idea--yes. so that they may pity you. we must quit this house this very week. to meet this crisis. but the handsome Eudosia placed me in her father's hand with a frank liberality that proved she was not altogether without good qualities. and keep their houses. I mean to preserve my character. and such other things. I can yet make my own assignee. You must remember how all our friends have envied us our lots. Halfacre. the handkerchief must be sent back to-morrow morning. then. I wouldn't say a word about it--declare nothing. Thank God! I'm not a DECLARED bankrupt. like the tent of the Arabian Nights. and I have no money. Halfacre went into liquidation." "Oh! If the house and furniture will pay the notes I'm content. my dear! Other people fail." "Well. no matter. "people who shoot up like rockets. We must quit this house and bring the furniture under the hammer. was a profound mystery to me then. I dare say. indeed.

and can no longer be considered fresh--we shall be forced to make a considerable abatement." Those around the colonel approved of his opinion. were to replace me in their drawer. We can recommend this house to our readers as one of the most liberal in OUR city. however. by means of judicious payments to confidential creditors. By this ingenious device. as she would have adorned it.." had a line run through in the manuscript. It is unnecessary to dwell on the remainder of this dialogue. in consequence of the late robbery of the Bank of the United States by the cold-blooded miscreant whose hoary head disgraces the White House. Esquire.CHAPTER XII. when he is told that it was written by one of those inspired moralists." returned Bobbinet. gentlemen. the insolvent not only preserved his character. sir. The next morning an article appeared in a daily paper of pre-eminent honesty and truth. but I CANNOT suffer a child of mine to retain such a luxury. while a single individual can justly say that I owe him a dollar. and such as becomes a man of honesty.--A distinguished gentleman of this city. that it refunded the money with the greatest liberality. raising his hand to his eyes in a very affecting manner. Halfacre put me in his pocket. and profound constitutional lawyers. as was customary. however. and with the handsome manner in which both submitted to make them.) and as possessing a very large and well selected assortment of the choicest goods. a very matter. telling the learned editor that it might be indiscreet to publish the fact at that precise moment. in relation to the house in question. and talents. I feel great reluctance to disturb its sacred obligations. his creditors. "I approve of your motives. for a specimen of most beautiful gloves sent us. and walked down street. at the first demand. and laid me on the counter with a flourish so meek. and the dearness of rents. with a view to put it in the fund he is already collecting to meet the demands of his creditors. "Circumstances of an unpleasant nature.H------. It is due to the very respectable firm of Bobbinet & Co. and the town was filled with the magnitude of their sacrifices. but he preserved about half of his bona fide estate also. Mr. in the following words:-"WORTHY OF IMITATION. or of any thing else. my own adventures so soon carrying me into an entirely different sphere. That article has been seen in private hands. Bobbinet & Co. that even the clerks. with the port of an afflicted and stricken. and who. "As a bargain is a bargain." "Wonderful sentiments!" repeated the colonel--"we must send that man to the national councils!" After a short negotiation. H-----." The following words--"we take this occasion to thank Messrs." "Name your own terms. doubtless. The following morning. was entitled to wear it. and Bobbinet & Co. felt himself bound to return an article of dress. I shall be happy. to add. doing the PAYING. it was settled that Mr. Halfacre raised his head like one who was not afraid to look his creditors in the face. who was lounging in a corner of the shop--"wonderful sentiments. When he reached the shop-door of Bobbinet & Co. back again." he said. in every respect. a little reflection. if we consent to comply. who daily teach their fellow creatures how to give practical illustrations of the mandates of the . (by the way the editor who wrote this article didn't own a foot of the town. and ingenious political economists. by no means an unusual circumstance in New York. as soon as he had breakfasted. Halfacre was to receive $50. he walked boldly in. afterwards commented on it. his wife and daughter saw all THEY most prized taken away." "What fine sentiments!" said Silky.of-fact caste in general. The American will know how to appreciate the importance of this opinion. Halfacre. compel me to offer you this handkerchief. and Mr. "but you know the character of the times. purchased as recently as yesterday by his lovely daughter. on which I presume it is unnecessary to dwell. but thoroughly honest man. receiving back the price. so they leave me a single dollar for my creditors. having been compelled to SUSPEND. Mr. 53 some eighty or a hundred thousand dollars.

every thing was settled in the most satisfactory manner." "I had hoped ALL was settled. how to discriminate in vexed questions arising from the national compact. and offered forty. and Myers paid back the difference like a man." said Mr. thank God! I owe no man a sixpence. Trotter's ball. it answered to go to market with until other funds were found. but THAT he wouldn't hear to. Mr. Bible. In short. my dear. Myers. litigation being the speculator's aversion. poor Adrienne!--in half a minute I found myself. along with fifty fellows or fellowesses. "It is that unreasonable man. Halfacre commenced his compromises under favorable auspices. I offered him. I paid it in property. "and only one small mistake has been made by me. I knew that the speaker was not "mamma. of course. but when we came to look over the figures it was discovered that a cypher too much had been thrown in. in lots. we made a mistake in our figures. Julia Monson was not as brilliantly handsome as my late owner. I fancied that I might anticipate a long residence in their drawers." CHAPTER XIII. but she had more feeling and refinement in the expression of her . Now and then he met an obstinate fellow who insisted on his money. This diversion of the sum from its destined object. and I had to pay the scamp a hundred. The reputation of the affair of the pocket-handkerchief was of great service." "And to whom will that difference belong?" "To whom--oh!--why. as he is. John Downright. however. and for such large sums. one of them paying off a debt that had been contracted for half a dozen. before I proceed with the account of my own fortunes. and a restoration to my proper place in society. Halfacre had arranged every thing to his own satisfaction. somehow or other." answered the good woman in alarm. to Mrs. who gives you the trouble. my freshness. the day all was concluded. and creditors relented as they thought of the hardship of depriving a pretty girl of so valuable an appliance. In this I was mistaken. twenty-five cents in the dollar. Mr. was apparent rather than real. 54 As some of my readers may feel an interest in the fate of poor Eudosia.000. and who talked of suits in chancery. the next day bringing about a release. Halfacre paying a hundred cents in the dollar. but in such a manner as balanced his books beautifully." and I now saw that she was fair. however." "Who else can it be. The lots were particularly useful." As I clearly came within this category--alas. When I found myself once more in the possession of Bobbinet & Co.CHAPTER XIII. As for the fifty dollars received for me." "He--oh! he is paid in full. having been somewhat tarnished by the appearance at Mrs. then?" "Only your brother. Such men were paid off in full. to the right owner. The instant I heard the voice. "Now. which made out a demand in his favor of $100. lying on the counter. I will take occasion to say. in going through so many complicated accounts. The very morning after I was again in the drawer. and how to manage their private affairs in such a way as to escape the quicksands that have wrecked their own. at first. Halfacre. that it was not half as bad as might have been supposed." but "my child. I dare say. a female voice was heard asking for "worked French pocket-handkerchiefs. I can look that fellow in the face with a perfectly clear conscience. Mr. It wouldn't do. Then I found a small error. since food was indispensable to enable the excellent but unfortunate man to work for the benefit of his creditors. Long before the public had ceased to talk about the removal of the deposits.. as an article.

and he must not hear our quarrels. sir." he said. ma'am. Still. with an air of solemn dignity." "Not in Sir Walter Scott's signification. to make a thing respectable because it is common. the clerk at that moment quitting them to hand some gloves to another customer--"What delightful needle-work! Mary. had none of the uneasiness of demeanor that belonged to her friend. is just the thing for a young woman. Julia. but. if not one of downright displeasure. under any circumstances." "And the DEAREST? Well. and whose family name was Warren. while Mary Warren regarded us all with a look of cold indifference. Have the goodness. and obviously cared less what others thought of every thing she said or did. but it now means what is common as opposed to what is cultivated and refined. a first glance discovered an essential difference in character. I fancy. When the handkerchiefs were laid on the counter. in the less favorable understanding of the term. or common practices. Mary. too. my dear. "is the very finest and most elegant article not only that WE have. often compared with Cooper--I have not located his definition of "vulgar"} "Sir Walter Scott's definition of what is vulgar is open to criticism. but which is to be . and I will purchase another. In a word. in fact. to confess the truth." {Sir Walter Scott = British novelist and poet (1771-1832). an expression of countenance that I have had occasion to remark in most of those who think a very expensive handkerchief necessary to their happiness. the natural indication that the mind dwells more on show than on substantial things. it is some such trait as that which distinguishes the beautiful plumage of the peacock. that denoted how much she lived out of herself. from the motive that incites the bird to display his feathers. and I ought to have expected some such answer.CHAPTER XIII. Julia Monson seized on one with avidity.handkerchief that is to be LOOKED at and which is not to be USED. But a handkerchief I am determined to have. and yet it is scarcely respectable. The word comes from the common mind. as you call it." "Oh! Every one says you are a philosopherESS. and of a very similar appearance as to dress and station. do YOU purchase one to keep me in countenance. In company with Miss Monson was another young lady of about her own age. This companion. you will have a very lady-like wardrobe with one pocket-handkerchief in it! I wonder you do not purchase a single shoe. My dear mother little thinks I shall do any such thing. and a proof that the possessor of this quality is not content to rely altogether on the higher moral feelings and attainments for her claims to deference. beyond a question." replied Julia with spirit. vulgar. Still there was an uneasy worldly glancing of the eye. "for it is not so very COMMON. to show me the handsomest pockethandkerchief in your shop. by the young dealer in finery. I think a pocket. though she laughed good-naturedly--"but here is the clerk. and it shall be the very handsomest I can find." "Not for that object. It is. "What beauties!" exclaimed the first. It is an absurdity. "That. Every body cannot have a worked French pocket-handkerchief. I know your mother gave you the money this very morning." "And why not? A rich pocket-handkerchief is a stylish thing!" "I question if style. 55 countenance. who was addressed as Mary. A fib is one of the commonest things in the world." I was drawn from beneath the pile and laid before the bright black eyes of Julia." answered Julia laughing." "Because I have TWO feet.

I do not see who there is AT HOME to alarm you. that you forgot to purchase this ne plus ultra of elegance while in Paris last summer. Bobbinet has determined to ask ONLY $100. "It is not what you suppose." answered Julia honestly. nor WHOM you suppose. Your father and mother approving of what you have done. HE said PARIS cannot produce its equal. sir. "Still I cannot but hear the lessons she gives my sisters. then she smiled archly." rejoined Julia." "This IS beautiful." "I have greatly misunderstood the character of Mademoiselle Hennequin if she ventured to interfere with you in either! A governess ought not to push her control beyond her proper duties. I was wrapped up carefully in paper. ma'am." {chariot = a light.' the last voyage." "I am not afraid of her in most things." answered my mistress. as the two girls took their seats side by side in Mrs. ultimate} "My father said he could not afford it. as you may suppose. Mary." This sounded exceedingly liberal--to ask ONLY $100 for that for which there was a sort of moral obligation to ask $120!--and Julia having come out with the intent to throw away a hundred-dollar note that her mother had given her that morning. seeing sights. indeed? Had you merely said 'in town' I could have understood you. I dread the glance she cannot avoid throwing on my purchase.CHAPTER XIII. to our regular customers I believe Mr. found in America. she said we must wait until another half year's rents had come round." Julia blushed when her friend said "in town. four-wheeled carriage with only back seats. You were educated and out before she entered your family. should have obtained so much influence over the mind of one who never was her pupil." "Nor has Mademoiselle Hennequin." quietly observed Mary Warren. It was brought out by 'our Mr." "It is odd enough that you should dread reproval from the governess of your sisters when you do not dread it from your own mother! But Mademoiselle Hennequin has nothing to do with you. "I mean Mademoiselle Hennequin--I confess I DO dread the glance of her reproving eye. "Now. Silky. "but I confess I am in all that relates to taste. we spent a great deal of money. and laying in curiosities. one must admit! What is the price?" 56 "Why. the bargain was concluded. Mary. who was engaged in Paris so recently. ne plus ultra = peak. and once more took my departure from the empire of Col. Julia. in running about. as girls will smile when certain thoughts cross their . but. I no longer occupied a false position. After all. and--yes--to own the truth. we OUGHT in justice to ourselves to have $120 for that article. particularly in what relates to extravagance. "The surprise to me is. I hope you are happy. and it is singular that a person not older than yourself. 'of what use are all my excellent lessons in taste and prudence. and when I hinted the matter to my mother." Mary was silent for fully a minute. there is ONE person at home to whom I shall be ashamed to show this purchase." and her conscious feelings immediately conjured up the image of a certain Betts Shoreham. It will say. being actually within six inches of her throbbing heart at that very moment. though concealed in the muff." "At home!--is there. Monson's chariot. Silky. as the person in her companion's mind's eye. I detected it all easily enough. put into Miss Monson's muff. if an elder sister's example is to counteract them?' It is THAT I dread.

to my two little sisters--than he is to ME. and continued the discourse. Shoreham again. what do you think of my choice?" Mrs. He is a young man of good family. my dear. Shoreham pays attentions that are pointed. I think him far more attentive to my mother. and that is the reason people are so ready to fancy him in earnest. Certainly. dear. and it must suffer by having her name coupled with that of any man." "In earnest! If Mr. "Well. and of her own money. who had brought her husband a good fortune. Here the friends parted. Monson's room." she continued. You will remember. and it is natural for him to keep up an intimacy that recalls pleasant recollections. easy. and who had married rich in the bargain. and thoroughly amiable. as she entered Mrs. and have bought it.CHAPTER XIII. as I am sure they are to your parents." Julia's voice grew still more gentle. while Julia and I entered the house together. or what am I to Betts Shoreham? I am sure the circumstances that we happened to come from Europe in the same packet. every way a suitable connection for any of us. A woman's delicacy is like that of a tender flower. Betts Shoreham is very agreeable. openly." "I know it SEEMS so to the WORLD." cried Julia. Here it is. Mary. soon after. and is not in earnest." {in petto = in private (Italian)} I thought a shade passed over the features of the pretty Julia Monson as she answered her friend. well-looking. "I have learned to see how inconsiderate we girls are in America. Monson was a kind-hearted. "but it scarcely seems so to ME. Monson's door. mother. I will never speak of Mr. and that he continues to visit us now we are at home. in talking so much. we were set down at Mr. certainly. . so others think as well as myself. that before he can be accused of trifling." "Not YET. and that makes him welcome in most houses in town. as they call it. as well as strong womanly feeling. I should not have done it now had I not thought his attentions were acceptable to you. of this sort of thing. except him that she is to marry. they are VERY marked--at least. "to say that he has NOT been pointed in his attentions to ME. in petto. and it was easy enough to see that her feelings were enlisted in the subject. indulgent parent. "I have found the most beautiful thing you ever beheld. playful imaginations. thoughtful tone. Even Mademoiselle Hennequin is quite as much if not more of a favorite than I am!" As Mary Warren saw that her friend was serious she changed the subject. He met us abroad." she said. he is a very different person from what I took him to be. Mary Warren preferring to walk home. on my wardrobe. and I am not more blind than the rest of our sex. he must trifle. and with a propriety that proved she had great good sense at bottom. "If I have learned nothing else by visiting Europe. Accustomed all her life to a free use of money." "Julia. Still they may entitle him to have this VETO." answered Julia in a subdued. We females are said to be quick in discovering such matters. do not entitle him to have a veto. my father--nay. and has some fortune. "It is no more than justice to Betts Shoreham. "And Betts Shoreham has nothing to do with all this dread?" 57 "What is Betts Shoreham to me. while he is agreeable. with a seriousness to show that she was now in earnest.

to be in keeping. after examining me carefully. Shoreham. and true taste as well as true morals. to pay for a pocket-handkerchief. "Shoreham was not in my mouth." said Julia. and I am afraid it is your dutiful behavior that has made me careless. Even one hat is not very superfluous. and fifty-six deep. bien entendu. blushing. she had consented from a pure disinclination to deny her child any gratification that might be deemed innocent. (for this is a country in which very many persons cast the substance of OTHERS right and left." {bien entendu = it being understood} . but both you and Mary Warren appear to be always thinking of Mr. and so my jewels may be limited to hundreds." The mother smiled. she knew that prudence was a virtue. The jewel-box of a young lady who has such handkerchiefs ought to cost thousands. you are thinking of Betts Shoreham. If you did not wish me to make the purchase. and those elegancies of life that become people of refinement. "I am afraid now. 58 too." "That is SO like Mary Warren. my child. mother. too. and yet I almost wish. Nevertheless." said Julia firmly. the more for being the owner of so expensive an article of dress. love. sound. and that Julia had thrown away money that might have been much better employed. mother. "surprisingly beautiful.) and when her eldest daughter expressed a wish to possess an elaborate specimen of our race. you will remember. I am sure your wish would have been my law. we are making a trifle a very serious matter. I do not believe he would admire you. and sometimes they seem to conflict. and with somewhat of the manner of a connoisseur. or any one else. mother. and his father before him. Still. mother." "After all. my love." "I know it. A hundred dollars sounds frightfully en prince for us poor simple people." "No one can better understand the difference between cant in economy as well as cant in some other things. He is wealthy. "This is certainly a very beautiful handkerchief. What young man will dare to choose a wife from among young ladies who expend so much money on their pocket-handkerchiefs?" This was said smilingly. and she was not quite ingenuous when she said in answer to the remark. that you are not to purchase six dozen at the same price. but there was a touch of tenderness and natural concern in the voice and manner of the speaker that made an impression on the daughter. but very prudent in his opinions and habits." "Betts Shoreham was born to an estate. and you ought not to suppose he was in my mind. and it cost ONLY one hundred dollars. nutshells of houses = Cooper was frequently critical of New York City's cramped townhouses} "But. in this instance. but there are indulgences that become persons in no class.CHAPTER XIII." "ONE pocket-handkerchief has a mean. who live in nutshells of houses. "I do not know WHY it is. Your happiness and interests are ever uppermost in my mind. though she struggled powerfully to appear unconcerned. It is but a pocket-handkerchief." "Very true. than young Shoreham. you had only to say it. I have only ONE." observed the mother." {en prince = princely. "and such men know how to distinguish between the cant of economy. five and twenty feet front. and so we'll say no more about it. you had not purchased it.

among various other beings of my species. to whom I may be said to have now been introduced. carrying me with her. who were studying on the same floor. by way of undoing much that we have done. sir?" demanded Betts Shoreham. In wooden edifices I find my powers much diminished--the fluids. to be a witness of an act of extravagance to which she had only half consented in committing it. and of which she already more than half repented. their three daughters. that she would be glad to hear of your good fortune. she determined that Mademoiselle Hennequin should never see me. Monson. "Oh. Here. having permitted them to gratify their curiosity. then. That evening. and summoned her two younger sisters. "I do really wish one could see a little advance in the way of real refinement and true elegance among all the vast improvements we are making in frippery and follies. with their only son. more especially if it happen to be within walls of brick. and other signs of approbation. she exacted of them both promises not to speak of me to their governess. for instance?" . but simply because I am impelled to utter nothing but truth. that so naturally escaped the two pretty little creatures." "By the dozen. for pocket-handkerchiefs are wholly without vanity. and soon after my mistress opened a door. Julia had too much consideration to let her young sisters into the secret of my price--for this would have been teaching a premature lesson in extravagance. without absolutely seeing it." that may surprise those who have not attended to the modern science of invisible fluids. at the usual hour. and while I lay snugly ensconced in a most fragrant and convenient drawer." "Nay. without exactly knowing whether a good deal of the road is not to be traveled over again. that sufficiently denoted discontent. but she could not avow it to any one. Julia?" asked the inquisitive little Jane.CHAPTER XIV. not even to herself. Julia retiring to her own room. doubtless. but enough is learned to enable me to furnish a very clear outline of that which occurs near me. "But why not. How could such a thing be USED." cried Mr. when my beauty came under examination. now. 59 This terminated the dialogue. alas! the inmates of the house assembled in the front drawing-room to take a few cups of tea. And now comes an exhibition of my mesmeritic powers. "Mademoiselle Hennequin is SO good and SO kind. "We are always puffing our own progress in America. but. quickly. singly--seventy-five dollars each. and it was painful to her to permit one who stood in this relation to her own weakness in favor of the young man. even in this extravagant and reckless country. the latter having dropped in with a new novel for the ladies. or by the gross. I shall not repeat all the delightful exclamations. perhaps too indelicate a word. but she alone had detected Betts Shoreham's admiration of the governess. however. to join her. I was thrown upon the bed. and Betts Shoreham." Julia had an indistinct view of her own motive. that MUST be a mistake. with hundreds of thousands of income. I do not thus speak of myself out of any weakness. of course--for even a pocket-handkerchief cannot hear or see every thing. though not of my family. John Monson. were all present. who has pocket-handkerchiefs at $75. therefore. always "handkerchiefly speaking. Jealousy would be too strong. the governess. Much escapes me. could be found to pay such a price? One can fancy such a thing in a princess. throwing down an evening paper in a pettish manner. escaping through the pores of the material. in an advertisement of Bobbinett's. CHAPTER XIV. and Mrs. Mr. From the first. Monson. is a specimen of our march in folly. sir! who. It is by this means. but scarcely of any one else. that I am enabled to perceive a great deal of that which passes under the roof where I may happen to be.

" "His failure is not surprising. Mr. as in building a house. a circumstance that rendered the sweet round tones of the speaker very agreeable to the ear. It is as necessary to begin at the bottom in constructing a scheme of domestic refinement. "for not indulging in a luxury. though very agreeable in manner. with vivacity. kept no housekeeper. I do not think that I----" "Well. Now I'll engage this Mrs. if they do not dress as richly." cried the father. "Well. but recollected in time.CHAPTER XIV. if not with spirit. WHAT do you think. "but they are consistent. Think of such a woman's giving her daughter a hundred-dollar pocket. Shoreham?" asked Mrs. "certainly. and Julia was gratified that. or whatever her name may be. I will say that I never yet saw a woman in America. so I shall spare you the infliction. I do not know that we are so much behind them in appearance." "Very far from it. would be a high price for such a thing. she was NOT a mere upper-servant in her own family. Mr. "that our women do not dress as women of rank sometimes dress in Europe. Seventy-five dollars. and as a laced and embroidered pocket-handkerchief is altogether for appearance." answered the governess. in this instance. or Halfacre. her fastidious brother could not reproach HER at least. who are second to no others in appearance. Mademoiselle Hennequin. I could not distinguish countenances from the drawer. Hundredacres. I fancy." "Ay. and who assumed more than half the blame of her own daughter's extravagance. Mademoiselle Hennequin has no reason to deprecate comparisons--and--but--" "Certainly. and Julia excessively embarrassed. in a sufficiently high dress to justify such an appendage as that which Monson has just mentioned. If the ladies will excuse me." The answer was given in imperfect English. Shoreham?" "To own the truth.handkerchief. that is a queer reason of yours. because the good woman is careful in some things. "You were about to favor us with some magnificent resolution." "I was about to utter an impertinence. and lived half her time in her basement. Fitness is entitled to a place in every thing that relates to taste. I . overlooked her own household work." put in John Monson. even in Paris. my dear Miss Monson--as far as possible--I am the last man to decry my beautiful countrywomen. Shoreham. 60 "Oh. on the whole." cried John Monson. monsieur. "to hide the blushes of the simpleton who had thrown away her money on it. and lent the charm of piquancy to what she said. certainly. I heard a story this very afternoon. but. for she saw that Julia was too much mortified to speak. but I fancied young Shoreham to be a handsome youth. Monson DID keep a housekeeper. that young men's protestations of what THEY would do by way of reforming the world. it becomes necessary that other things should be in keeping. What do YOU say to such logic. ma'am. "Seventy-five dollars sound like a high price. at all events. of some person of the name of Halfacre's having failed yesterday. Monson. "but the ladies of Paris do not grudge their gold for ornaments to decorate their persons. higgled about flour and butter. when she found the young man hesitated about proceeding. is not of half the importance to others that they so often fancy." Now Mrs. the governess to be pale and slightly ugly." "It is true. The handkerchief ought not to cost more than the rest of the toilette." answered Mademoiselle Hennequin. I confess. smiling. Mr. then. Jack. should it become necessary. but determined to defend her purchase. she is not to be a little extravagant in others." put in Betts Shoreham. "For myself. sir. it is because they do not need it. and whose daughter purchased even a higher priced handkerchief than that the very same day." put in Julia. I am much of Monson's way of thinking.

old or young. or gentler. and now I claim a right to give MY opinion. "What say the YOUNG gentlemen to this?" asked Mr." This changed the subject. which became a desultory discourse on the news of the day. and. or softer. but female resolutions. Mademoiselle Hennequin. By Jove! I have seen in ONE opera-house at Rome. She anticipated much pleasure. as a whole. It is true. he was asked to join the Monsons--the intimacy fully warranting the step. on another floor. as a whole. out of it also--Betts Shoreham being no sort of a connection of the Monsons. or that I fancied passed. though I could not see her. notwithstanding she was a governess. than those of my own country. was a favorite in the family. never retail fairly. laboring under the disadvantage of being shut up in a close drawer. more beautiful women than I ever saw together. like most small dealers in such things. As the father had no female friends to trouble him. Mademoiselle Hennequin. I have reason to think that she had determined never to use me. in matters of dress. It would have surpassed the powers of self-denial to keep me in the back-ground on such an occasion. as between the young people. than the voice that made this great concession--for great it certainly was. and I make no manner of doubt with a most benevolent smile. Broadway never equals the corso." observed Mrs. who gave a great ball about this time. and which. in any other place." cried John Monson. It would be idle to deny it--so are those of England and Italy. and a very tormenting brother. was more than commonly generous." "That is true. have been French--perhaps the MOST brilliantly beautiful. determined nobly to bring me out. I could not understand half that was said. at Carnival time} "This is not sticking to the subject. let a single drop of lavender . in the kindest possible tone of voice. "Pocket. Monson." "Betts Shoreham has substantially told you what HE thinks. Monson. but I shall protest against the doctrine of their having ALL the beauty in the world. I had not yet seen her." "This is being very liberal. the family was invited as a matter of course. are not of the most inflexible nature. I think. Monson. and more than you are required to admit. in New York. too. as coming from a woman. concerning secrets. Julia never looked more lovely than she did that night. 61 am not so bigoted. I saw no more of my mistress for a week. madame. I am sure. When all was ready. moreover. and her smiles were in proportion to her anticipations. and being in the same set as the Monsons. Both the English and Americans seem to me handsomer. nothing could be sweeter. she took me from the drawer. that Mademoiselle Hennequin. Not having been actually present on this occasion. I will not decry my countrywomen. as to wish to deny that the American ladies are very handsome-. but such is not the rule. also. laughing." Now. or so blind." observed Mrs. and not pretty women. from the circumstance that the governess was not particularly pretty in her own person. it would be degrading myself to the level of those newspapers which are in the habit of retailing private conversations. than my own countrywomen. There was a certain Mrs. of a carnival. and that. should I proceed to relate ALL that passed. with six dozen of chattering French gloves lying within a foot of me. that I discovered signs of cross-purposes. to like more sugar in your tea. having first cleared the way by owning her folly to a very indulgent father. you are French enough. that are recognized among all honorable persons. "Like Betts." {corso. but my mesmeritic impulses induced me to fancy as much. Still I saw plainly enough. a main street in Rome. too.handkerchiefs and housekeepers are our themes.handsomer. before or since. I thought. let the effect on Betts Shoreham be what it might. "Some of the most brilliantly beautiful women I have ever seen. though I think a pocket-handkerchief subject to those general laws. and Julia. I may add. of a carnival = the Corso. Leamington. "This is a question not to be settled altogether by ladies. It appeared to me that the admission.CHAPTER XIV.

Julia felt uncomfortable--she felt herself to be de trop.handkerchief to excite tears from a mind and a heart like yours?" "My mind and heart. loved the governess. and each trembled as each hoped. the young lady turned her eyes on me. notwithstanding her dependent situation. as one might say--to the chair occupied by the gentleman. I say. and tears began to course down her cheeks. and. though I began to suspect the truth from that moment. before she arose. they say. our remarks the other night. which had been quite near--approximately near. knew of the other's passion. and the governess loved Betts Shoreham. ENVY is a very natural feeling for a woman in matters of dress. and his own better fortunes. however. but much. were she aught but a governess. instead of looking at her companion. I shall conceal nothing that ought to be told. A single glance told her that their recent conversation had been more than usually interesting. As a matter of course. certainly. {de trop = one too many} Betts Shoreham manifested no concern at this movement. 62 fall in my bosom. notwithstanding it was evident she wished to conceal them. though Mademoiselle Hennequin precipitately changed her seat. In doing so. Mr. the poor girl left me inadvertently on the sofa she had so suddenly quitted herself. or in that condition which. but rushed from the room. I was left alone with Betts Shoreham. Mr. perhaps. very much. and tripped down stairs toward the drawing. and commenced a critical examination of my person."--a habit that sometimes misled persons as to the degree of interest he felt in his companions--"what CAN there be in that pocket. all might have been told. nor could I help seeing it myself--the face of the governess being red. as your goodness would make them out to be. making the remark an excuse for following the young lady to the sofa. I am not the owner of so beautiful a pocket-handkerchief--pardon me. "That is a very beautiful handkerchief. Betts Shoreham. The governess gazed on me intently. for a novelty. as an unmarried and well educated French woman. let her beauty be as it might--it was not continued in my presence. Shoreham. and but for the inopportune entrance of Julia and myself. indisposed her to tete-a-tetes with the other sex. for a novelty. "dear. she had scarcely taken a seat on a sofa. "What is there in that pocket-handkerchief. Shoreham. Mademoiselle Hennequin. This new evolution placed the governess close at my side. and because her habits. are not as faultless. and then she raised me in her hand. Neither. and to appear cheerful.CHAPTER XIV. who had a pernicious habit of calling young ladies with whom he was on terms of tolerable intimacy. might have been more guarded. though each hoped as an innocent and youthful love will hope. left the room. My mistress was lynx-eyed in all that related to Betts Shoreham and the governess. Nothing explicit had been said that evening. because the governess had few opportunities to see any one without the presence of a third person.room. alone. if----" Mademoiselle Hennequin uttered no more. with an impetuosity of manner and feeling that I have often had occasion to remark in young French women. Betts Shoreham and Mademoiselle Hennequin were together. however. I cannot command myself. in the way of sympathy and feeling had been revealed." No answer was given. Now whatever might have been the subject of discourse between these two young persons--for Mademoiselle Hennequin was quite as youthful as my mistress. would be called suffused with blushes. "Had we heard of its existence. on such a luxury. These were facts that I discovered at a later day. and making an incoherent excuse. and. Ashamed of her weakness. she endeavored to smile them away. dear Mademoiselle Hennequin." said Betts Shoreham. on the contrary. and must be guilty of the rudeness of leaving you alone. and ran up stairs again. ." asked Betts Shoreham.

and good. in particular. or even an American governess. His friend was two inches shorter. had made such an inroad on the young governess's affections. doubting if his ears were true. was as winning and amiable as that of a girl. It was that smile. 63 CHAPTER XV. and had got the common notion about the selfishness of the French. and his prejudices took the alarm. what have become of your sister and Mademoiselle Hennequin? They were both here a minute since. en famille. a bushy head of hair. Tote and Moll's governess. you do not call her so to her face?" . else? I always call her Henny. and soon looked down the distrust. John Monson making his appearance in as high evening dress as well comported with what is called "republican simplicity. you dare not call them THAT. There was not much time for Betts Shoreham to philosophize. Betts. but the French governess has a sort of ex-officio moral taint about her. then. even--yes. as that in which he completely admits her power. and prudent. and particularly white teeth. during an intimacy which had now lasted six months. on an acquaintance. however reasonable. lest their spirits take it in dudgeon. when he is so keenly sensitive on the subject of the perfection of his mistress. of much less showy appearance. though I do not choose to reveal what this particular individual of the class turned out to be in the end. and of juster proportions. could unsettle the confidence created by her virtues. though she is sometimes so delicate and ethereal. The smile of the latter. with large whiskers. so much high principle in the conduct of Mademoiselle Hennequin. to maintain the problem of the virtues of a French governess--a class of unfortunate persons that seem doomed to condemnation by all the sages of our modern imaginative literature. but all would feel the superiority of Betts Shoreham's. and his active. that no passing feeling of doubt. would praise John Monson's person and face. and as for Henny--" "Who?" exclaimed Betts. as he came near the fire. OUR winters?" "It's all common property. Betts Shoreham felt an unpleasant pang. one or two of the most excellent women I have ever known. Most persons. "It's deuced cold. There is no moment in the life of man. on the one hand. and have vanished like--" "What?--ghosts!--no. and I look upon you as almost one of us since our travels. there be such a being in nature. it amounted to a pang--for in a few moments he would have offered his hand--and men cannot receive any drawback with indifference at such an instant--he felt an unpleasant pang. may be every thing that is respectable. that throws her without the pale of literary charities. have been French governesses. and more particularly their women. I wonder if it be patriotic to say. as the idea crossed his mind that Mademoiselle Hennequin could be so violently affected by a feeling as unworthy as that of envy. if. Monson--but. I know it may take more credit than belongs to most pocket-handkerchiefs. until the moment for the denouement of her character shall regularly arrive. six feet and an inch. united." said John. Whom do you think I could mean. Julie is no ghost. on the other. Nevertheless. He had seen so much meek and pure-spirited self-denial.CHAPTER XV. But his love was much the strongest. All his jealousy is actively alive to the smallest shade of fault. under the circumstances. indeed. although his feelings so much indispose him to see any blemish. and wise. which. "Henny." {en famille = at home} "I'm sure I can scarcely be grateful enough. "this delightful country of ours has some confounded hard winters. at first sight. never dormant sympathy for her situation. but of a more intellectual countenance. like the one just felt. and speculate on female caprices and motives. the latter might have appeared to a disinterested and cool-headed observer." John was a fine looking fellow. my dear fellow--but. He had passed several years abroad. An English governess.

at the moment.' too! This is not a bit of a rag." This was an inauspicious commencement for an evening from which so much happiness had been anticipated. Perhaps Mademoiselle Hennequin--" 64 "Yes. "and 'Henny. or is it not more likely to be Henny's?" "Bit of a rag!" cried the sister. Mademoiselle Hennequin was summoned." "Jule! well. As a matter of course." answered the father. and escaping. my dear. which justice requires I should relate. but Mrs. and you must very well know that Mademoiselle Hennequin is not likely to be the owner of any thing as costly. "did you pay for Jule's handkerchief? Hang me. if nothing else. and Henny has just the finest set I know of. or other. rejoined John." Mr. They are none of your pearls--some pearls are yellowish. if I ever saw a more vulgar thing in my life. but a very pretty pocket-handkerchief." "I shall not gratify your curiosity. it was a little out of the common way that the governess was asked to make one. There was another reason. or in the pockets. may I ask. I have no objection to pearls in a necklace." "And what did it cost. knowing his aversion to our species. snatching me dexterously out of the spoiler's hands. "What have we here?" exclaimed John Monson. Jule?" who entered the room at that instant--"is this bit of a rag yours. the handkerchief is not half as expensive as his own cigars. and was generally reputed so accomplished. I declare that. sir. before John Monson got a glimpse of me. you know--but they are teeth. though it is not so creditable to the young lady." "Pray. and the carriages driving to the door. and is this her card?" "I believe that pocket-handkerchief belongs to your sister." "It shall be as thoroughly smoked. nevertheless." "The opinion is not likely to induce me to say yes. who was as near being spoilt. notwithstanding." Betts Shoreham fidgetted at the "Henny. that most of the friends of the family felt themselves bound to notice her.CHAPTER XV. "if that be what you mean. Julie. and the whole party left the house. too. I felt a glow in all my system at the liberties he was taking. I did hope that no sister of MINE would run into any such foolish extravagance--do you own it. but TEETH are what are wanted in a mouth. "Ah. just what ought to be in a handsome girl's mouth. "Why--no--perhaps not exactly in her very teeth--and beautiful teeth she has. had so thoroughly the manners of a lady. Julie. as was at all necessary." "Miss Monson has fine teeth. as those already given. and had me under examination beneath the light of a very powerful lamp. I'm ashamed of thee. "has Miss Flowergarden made a call. sir--a lady's wardrobe is not to be dissected in this manner. Monson coming down. Henny has the best teeth of any girl I know. He had not time to express this feeling. pray? At least tell me THAT. Betts--Julie's won't compare with them." and he had the weakness. to wish the young governess were not in a situation to be spoken of so unceremoniously. Monson now coming in. But Mademoiselle Hennequin was a person of such perfect bon ton. in surprise. half-laughing. a . and yet half-angry at his son's making such allusions before Betts--"never mind him." answered Betts. I am sorry to hear it. in the invitations given to the Monsons. From some quarter. drily. sir.

. for pocket-handkerchiefs never speak to each other except on the principle of decimals. The reader will judge of my surprise. Into this "aristocratical" set I was now regularly introduced.' instead of 'pa' and 'ma. "and use finger bowls every day. to Mr. en passant." "It is patriarchal. Monson insist on all their children calling them 'father' and 'mother. in old Mrs. there are privileged classes. the virtues.. but I will not vouch for its truth. G. notice her = include her socially." "The Monsons are very aristocratic in all things. instead of inclining. Cooper had befriended and aided Poles fleeing Russian domination of their homeland} "What an exceedingly aristocratic pocket-handkerchief Miss Monson has this evening. that while nothing is considered so disreputable in America as to be "aristocratic" a word of very extensive signification. nothing is so certain to attract attention as nobility. and we had a hundred questions to put to each other in a breath. the former making the noble. the examination being ended. with a view to compare our several merits and demerits. is it not?" "It's difficult to say what is. doubtless by way of expiation for the rigid democratical notions that so universally pervade its society. 7. while the other danced. And here I may remark. and in all companies privileged persons. as it embraces the tastes. bon ton = superior manners and culture. merely because they were reputed noble. 12. as No. that evening. in which several other pocket-handkerchiefs had been collected. rather. How many poor Poles have I seen dragged about and made lions of. and the latter the serf. W." observed Mrs. and was now lying cheek by jowl with me again. Family affection made us glad to meet. 65 rumor had got abroad that Miss Monson's governess was of a noble family. or democracy. the habits. though I think one is pretty safe in pronouncing it anti-republican. who belonged to the group.. {make one = be included. Eyelet's lap. that is downright monarchical. Many longing and curious eyes were drawn toward me. like all the rest of the world. and sometimes the religion of the offending party--on the other hand.' " "Why. Still. the opinions." "Yes. or. the last time. aristocracy. The ladies insist on kneeling at prayers. matters are pushed farther than ever. I found myself familiarly addressed by the name that I bore in the family circle. in every country. and the other black. when.CHAPTER XV. monarchy. though the company in this house was generally too well bred to criticise articles of dress very closely. It was No. poor Poles = since his days in Paris in the early 1830s. . though the distinction in that country is pretty much the same as that which exists in one portion of this great republic. "aristocratic" = Cooper was hypersensitive to accusations of being "aristocratic". One of the latter took the liberty of asking Julia to leave me in her keeping. now-a-days. Leamington's rooms. "I don't know when I've seen any thing so aristocratic in society. and I was thus temporarily transferred to a circle." "How aristocratic!" "Very--they even say that since they have come back from Europe. and what is not monarchical. where one half the population is white. Mr. and the judgment being rendered altogether in my favor. W." "Did one ever hear of any thing so aristocratic!" "They DO say. as we passed into Mrs." put in Miss F. or my relative of the extreme cote gauche. that Mr. a circumstance that I soon discovered had great influence in New York." observed a wit. and Mrs. who had strangely enough found his way into this very room. I understand they dine at six.

They understood each other perfectly. indeed. as they were beyond all dispute. would have thrown even de Tocqueville into the shade in the way of political blunders. and every thing to condemn. famous for his account of American culture. politically} 66 No. as if she struggled to suppress certain sentiments or sensations. {magasin = shop. Alas! there is in pocket-handkerchief nature a disposition to act by contraries. a young American traveler had stepped into the magasin. instead of finding the perfection he had preached and extolled so long. 12 had commenced life a violent republican. these sentiments. met with. on the faith of a European reputation. ex-officio = by virtue of his position--Cooper frequently criticized American diplomats for taking on the conservative views of the monarchial governments to which they were accredited. and all is aristocratic. that the faith of few believers is found strong enough to withstand it. if sentiments they were. might be envy--repinings at another's better fortunes--or they might be excited by philosophical and commendable reflections touching those follies which so often lead the young and thoughtless into extravagance. he would have written a book on America. in his inmost heart. The "more you call. on grounds so philosophical and profound. never was a pocket-handkerchief so miserable. Shortly after I was purchased by poor. and with the recklessness that distinguishes the expenditures of his countrymen. Throughout the evening. New York society has more than one of these sudden political conversions to answer for. Now. After passing a few months in such company. {cote gauche = left wing. dear Adrienne. All his notions had changed. if my brother could have got back to France. I had awakened in his bosom some such uneasy distrust as the pocket-handkerchief of Desdemona is known to have aroused in that of the Moor. for being an attache of the legation of his own country. her eye seemed studiously averted from me. in the set at the American legation. rabble (Greek). At least. "Democracy in America" (1835 and 1840)--Cooper had provided Tocqueville with letters of introduction for his 1832 American visit. Thus. It is such a thorough development of the democratic principle. vice versa. though the young man could not get over the feeling created by the governess's manner when she first met with me. a circumstance to which he never would have assented had he known the fact. a sufficiently simple reason. but resented the extreme admiration accorded his book} Mademoiselle Hennequin. too. What rendered these diplomates so much the more aristocratic. . came home and began to run a brilliant career in the circles of New York. and this simply because he read nothing but republican newspapers. though. My brother amused me exceedingly with his account of the indignation he felt at finding himself in a very hot-bed of monarchical opinions. de Tocqueville = Alexis de Tocqueville = French writer (1805-1859). such are the sentiments entertained by a very high priced pocket-handkerchief. in a girl of her own age. while it overlooked many vices and foibles that deserve to be cut up without mercy. 12's mind. than that she should show herself to be prematurely wise. which. occupied much of the attention of Betts Shoreham. or sensations. and every thing will present a vulgar and democratic appearance. at Mrs. the more I won't come" principle was active in poor No. as all know who have heard both sides of any question. On a diminished scale. In a word. exclusive. I do believe. and he had not been a month in New York society. Accident gave him the liberal end of the piece. he found nothing to admire. if it was wisdom purchased at the expense of the light-heartedness and sympathies of her years and sex. he would a thousand times rather that the woman he loved should smile on a weakness of this sort. unless as Englishmen. So it had proved with my unfortunate kinsman. and that. swept off half a dozen of the family at one purchase. you shall occupy a place among the oi polloi. he was ex officio aristocratic. who was a mere traveling diplomatist. my brother's boss. this latter writer being unanswerable among those neophytes who having never thought of their own system. was the novelty of the thing. oi polloi = common people. scarcely one of them having been accustomed to society at home. or. on its entrance into active life. Betts tried hard to believe them the last. But I forbear. I took occasion to remark. are overwhelmed with admiration at finding any thing of another character advanced about it. and offensive.CHAPTER XV. Leamington's ball. that she was unwilling to betray. Every body knows how much a prospect varies by position. before he came out an ultra monarchist. you shall stand on the aristocratic side of a room filled with company.

and nothing would have been easier than to have blown this smouldering preference into a flame. a very distinguished person. of Miss T. to say the truth. I very well understand this is not the fashionable. if one might be so presuming.CHAPTER XV. and. my dear. "Who is the lady to whom Mr.1852)} Among other things that were unpleasant. Some persons affirm that she is semi-ROYAL. and quite a miracle of propriety. as well mannered. to my notion. have very little in common. she had been accustomed to think such a thing MIGHT come to pass. and which did actually produce eleven thousand a year. or possibly the polite way of describing those incipient sentiments which form the germ of love in the virgin affections of young ladies. they say. It is also rumored that she is. I dare say!" "Oh! that at least. and that a skillful and refined poet would use very different language on the occasion. Shoreham an admirer of Miss Monson's. and. Do you think she has an aristocratic air?" "Not in the least--her ears are too small. as Betts Shoreham. she knew the Duke of Montecarbana. and their gammes." . nobility and teaching little girls French and Italian. There were enough young men of as good estates. {Shakespeare. Monson's children. but I began this history to represent things as they are. nett. as handsome." {devoue = devoted. to be always remembering that Betts owned a good old-fashioned landed estate that was said to produce twenty. as she stood in the dance." "Noble. Shoreham is so devoue this evening?" asked Miss N. and that his house in the country was generally said to be one of the very best in the state. The Montecarbanas are a family as old as the ruins of Paestum. Of course. but she LIKED him vastly. that is the very symbol of nobility! When my Aunt Harding was in Naples. for that was a passion her temperament and training induced her to wait for some pretty unequivocal demonstrations on the part of the gentleman before she yielded to it. I had thought Mr. but. also. The country is full of broken-down royalty and nobility. For all this she cared absolutely nothing. some of which reached me. ready and willing to take their chances in the "cutting up" of "old Monson. reduced by those horrid revolutions of which they have so many in Europe. and such is the manner in which "Love's Young Dream" appears to a pocket-handkerchief." but there were few who were as agreeable. the governess of Mrs. Miss Monson was compelled to overhear sundry remarks of Betts's devotion to the governess. and that she should not be sorry if it did. "'Tis quite a new face. {"Love's Young Dream" = popular poem by Thomas Moore (1780. or who had seen as much of the world. and she says he had the smallest ears she ever beheld on a human being. quite a new manner. some way. and there were a vast many of no estates at all. attentive} "That is Mademoiselle Henny. or nothing worth mentioning. previously to the impression she had quite recently imbibed of his attachment to her mother's governess." {Paestum = ancient Roman city outside Naples} "Well. Love she did not Betts Shoreham. my dear. intimately. She was too young. too natural and uncalculating. she had never fancied the young man in love with herself. "Othello"} 67 Nor can I say that Julia Monson enjoyed herself as much as she had anticipated. They say she is all accomplishments." "Why.

or whether to decide that her amiable and gentle qualities were all seeming. indeed.CHAPTER XV. if it is ever to come in this life. again. for having seen the ladies cloaked. nobody knows how. as the carriage drew from Mrs. were less confiding. who was sitting near Mrs. "I do not remember to have ever seen her so GAY." "Is Miss Monson addicted to such VERY high spirits?" continued one."--poor Julia was any thing but THAT. and a suspicion of her want of discretion on this point. she IS happy. Julia. was one of the last things that would cross the fond parent's mind at Mrs. Mrs. Monson. a mere sinecure. my mistress overheard this remark.1762). just now. "I found it very pleasant--six or seven of us old fellows . however. undetermined whether to pursue his original intention of making the poor friendless French girl independent. ma'am." "No doubt--yet one needn't be always fifteen. Jack?" demanded the father. or. {Lady Wortley Montague = Lady Mary Wortley Montague (1689. nobody knows what. seemed to him to be faultless. Monson. Although elderly ladies play cards very little. Betts Shoreham owed his distrust to national prejudice. dear girl. {retenue = discretion} "Your daughter is in HIGH SPIRITS to-night. nobody knows where. by an offer of his hand. {managing = manipulative} "Well. {gammes = musical scales} 68 Now. good-looking young fellows who come from.known office of matron at a ball. unfortunately. as uncertain as ever whether or not to impute envy to a being who. and vexed that the mother could not be sufficiently alarmed to look around. all." "Yes. and as often broke. I think it a great happiness. This Tom Thurston was one of those tall. He had to retire to an uneasy pillow. Others. he had taken his leave at Mrs. in any other. her own mother and Betts Shoreham. and encouragement from Julia Monson was not likely to be disregarded by such a person. to possess good spirits. Her feelings were just in that agitated state to take the alarm. but Betts Shoreham. indeed. in the main. "this is the last ball I shall go to in New York. Leamington's door. and live on." observed a single lady of a certain age. It was pretty generally understood that he was on the look-out for a rich wife. as Lady Wortley Montague said." muttered the other." cried John Monson. with a view to awaken Betts's jealousy. my mistress carried matters much too far--so far. was an indulgent mother. but he had been taught to believe all French women managing and hypocritical. too. and she determined to flirt with a young man of the name of Thurston. and changing her seat. in all other respects. had sufficient retenue. "Always--when in agreeable company. To own the truth. in order that she might speak her mind more freely into the ear of a congenial spirit. English essayist and letter-writer} Half an hour later we were all in the carriages. just then--"but youth is the time for happiness. they have their inducements for rendering the well. get into society. in American society. if he had any. Leamington's ball. I should say. "What is the matter now. as to attract attention from every body but those most concerned. and seldom saw any thing very wrong in her own children. on our way home. and that she was not what she appeared to be. a notion that the experience of a young man in Paris would not be very likely to destroy. giving up the point." which declaration he repeated twenty times that season. who was resolute to torment. and well was he paid for entertaining so vile a companion. Had Mademoiselle Hennequin been an American girl. and to give vent to her own spleen. Leamington's door. viz. he would not have thought a second time of the emotion she had betrayed in regarding my beauties.

and soon went to rest. if dancing in the same set can be called KNOWING. Miss Monson." he continued. a rigmarole that might have very fairly figured in an editor's law and logic. with a hundred people treading on your toes. and had never been made love to before. made a very agreeable evening of it. and with a slight tremor in her voice. then she answered with a sort of hysterical glee-"Oh! I have found the evening delightful. I am not at all conscious of having been the object of any such attentions!" . but you were not compelled to dance in a room eighteen by twenty-four. he magnanimously resolved to throw all on a single cast. My mistress listened languidly. and fearful that some one might come in and interrupt the tete a tete. Miss Monson. I hope you." 69 "Yes. or brushing their heads in your face. Some even began to nick-name me the insolvent pocket-handkerchief. and within two feet of her. too. and yet not altogether without interest. did not fail to carry the intelligence. "I hope YOU enjoyed yourself better. "Certainly. at least in a manner so direct and unequivocal. you cannot have overlooked the VERY particular attentions I have endeavored to pay you. I lay neglected on a sofa. after he had been beaten in a libel suit. "I have enjoyed myself. I thought Julia sad. on the same sofa. Julia?" {Salle de l'Opera = Paris Opera House--the building referred to by Cooper served as Opera House from 1821-1873 and was replaced by the present building in 1874} My mistress started. as if impelled by a generous wish to manifest her sympathy. "I think. and extolled like a spoiled child. sir. The young man had tact enough to discover that he had an advantage. madame. Mr. I looked for great events. would be a more select phrase--by the unexpected appearance of young Thurston. that struck me. The next morning Julia sent for me down to be exhibited to one or two friends. and I could perceive an impulse in Julia to press nearer to her rival. nor was I altogether disappointed. Thurston.CHAPTER XV. in two more he had brought in play his usual tricks of flattery. called a pretty dear. and we alighted. I was praised. that Miss Monson's much-talked-of pocket-handkerchief was nothing after all but the THING Miss Halfacre had brought out the night of the day her father had stopped payment. perhaps. ever since I have been so fortunate as to have made your acquaintance?" "I!--Upon my word. ''I think. after her friends had all left her. after a very beautiful specimen of rigmarole in the way of love-making. far and near. my fame having spread in consequence of my late appearance. even while he was making his bow." she said. I dare say. Mademoiselle Hennequin. ma'am." There was some little embarrassment. were agreeably entertained?" The governess answered meekly. though dancing always seems an amusement I have no right to share in." "Jack can find no room for dancing since the great ball of the Salle de l'Opera. and the pretty girl's brow became thoughtful. Of a sudden she was aroused from a brown study--reflective mood. and come to the point at once. though Miss W. kissed. There was a sort of "Ah! have I caught you alone!" expression about this adventurer's eye. But Tom's protest soon silenced every thing else. I could have remained two hours longer. She was piqued at Betts Shoreham's indifference. In one minute he was seated at Julia's side. had known her present admirer several months. at Paris." "And you." observed the mother smiling.

" "I dare say--ma'am--I never expect to be intelligible again.660. and even .let us suppose the old woman outlive him. for I was still at his eyes--"you do not answer me." "YES. as if unconscious of what he was doing. old fortune. Our bosoms may be torn with ten thousand distracting cares.000. 70 "No?--That is ever the way with the innocent and single-minded! This is what we sincere and diffident men have to contend with in affairs of the heart. and yet the modesty of a truly virtuous female heart shall be so absorbed in its own placid serenity as to be indifferent to the pangs it is unconsciously inflicting!" "Mr. most perfect being of the whole human family. "You do not answer me. THAT will leave $466. and which he had spoken at college. Mr. and that she gets her full thirds. both of which were fashionable and showy. and using it in a crisis. and now discovered that he had a most sympathetic heart. found no fault with his exterior and manners. and wanted to brush away a tear. if that will relieve your mind. on the right of deposit at New Orleans. Tom Thurston was as skilled in a fortune-hunter's wiles as Napoleon was in military strategy. abandoned by the usages of the society in which she had been educated very much to the artifices of any fortune-hunter. He had begun to quote from a speech delivered by Gouverneur Morris." continued Tom peeping out at one side of me. presuming on it gradually. Miss Monson. There are John. He saw he had obtained an immense advantage for the future. when all our faculties are engrossed by one dear object we are often incoherent and mysterious. When the 'heart is oppressed with unutterable anguish. but a known. "to give her such pocket-handkerchiefs!" I felt like a wren that escapes from the hawk when the rogue laid me down.1816)--a 1795 American treaty with Spain granted the United States the right of navigation on the Mississippi River and to deposit goods at New Orleans without paying customs duties} "What a confounded rich old fellow the father must be. your language is strong--and--a little--a little unintelligible. Perhaps John may get a couple of hundred thousand." calculated Tom. I mean to say. loveliest. Thurston. lies pale and cold. the miserable appendage of a mang--' that is. by holding it in reserve. Miss Monson. this girl. The "yes" had been uttered more in pleasantry than with any other feeling. Thurston?" "Say YES. she had obtained a very unlimited control. {Gouverneur Morris = American Federalist leader and diplomat (1752. cruel. unknown to herself. she was in the worst possible frame of mind to resist such eloquence and love. but retreated in time. as a matter of course. and was near getting into a part of the subject that might not have been so apposite. in substantial houses and lands-." Tom Thurston came very near wrecking himself on the quicksands of the romantic school. it might be worth--"let me see.000--none of your skyrockets. and two little ones." thought Tom. dearest. and he forbore to press the matter any further at the moment. but. By way of climax. it is a relief very easily bestowed. Old Monson is worth every dollar of $700. and raised me to his eyes in an abstracted manner." Now. the lover laid his hand on me. inexorable girl!" "What WOULD you have me say. Alas! Poor Julia was the dupe of all this acting. Totally unpracticed herself. over which. "that 'yes' may be made to yield at least a cool $100.CHAPTER XV. and vexed with Betts Shoreham. condemned to conceal that passion which is at once the torment and delight of life'--when 'his lip. as he went whistling down Broadway. the ruby harbinger of joy. then. She had seen Tom at all the balls in the best houses.

-you must come into our American customs sooner or later. mother--let Mr. which would revert to his children if she died without remarrying. Mademoiselle Hennequin. that she had been mistress of his affections ever since the first month of their acquaintance. in the best manner I could.888. Monson laughed pleasantly as she made this request. and there's lots of scarlet fever about. One mustn't calculate too confidently on THAT. he offered his hand to the excellent young French woman. as she read the honest declaration of a fervid and manly love. Shoreham's presence in the "breakfast-room. say that the ladies are ENGAGED.} CHAPTER XVI. he implored her not to be so cruel as to deny him an interview. THEN each of the girls will have $88." "No. Shoreham for a few minutes. among the other finery that was got out for the evening. my dear. Mrs. called a dower right. For a week nothing material transpired. to the parents. As a matter of course. however. and even distance. to obtain the good-will of the "old lady. when she had done reading it the second time. She had laid her own handkerchief . nor did either detect the manner in which the letter was pressed to Mademoiselle Hennequin's heart. Monson opened her house to receive the world. and her kindness and delicacy to the governess were too marked and unremitted to permit the latter to think of hesitating. Just at this instant a servant came to announce Mr. Mademoiselle Hennequin was obliged to read this letter in Julia's room. I don't think the old woman would be likely to marry again at her time of life. because he thought he had secured a sufficient lien on the young lady. in some concern--"we are too intimate for such an excuse--would YOU. among the inmates of the house on the opposite side of the street." "That will not do. why that would fetch it up at once to a round hundred thousand. have the goodness to see Mr. that was as much to the point as a man could very well come. and Tom Thurston made his appearance with a degree of punctuality that began to attract notice. you will have to go below--although it is at a most inconvenient moment. Now. Tom treated Julia with the greatest respect." 71 {full thirds = Old Monson's widow would under American common law receive a life interest in one-third of his real property. Monson was present. as I lay on the bed." interrupted the mother. turning more of his attention toward Mrs. touching her recent coy and reserved deportment. Betts actually carried matters so far as to write a letter." This was a retired and little frequented part of the house at that hour." Mrs. and this may be a favorable moment to commence. gaining a knowledge of what passed. Monson. All this time. and she had summoned the governess. Betts Shoreham and Mademoiselle Hennequin had made great progress toward an understanding in the course of this week. Fortunately. At length. as exposed every line to my impertinent gaze. Betts Shoreham time his visits better--George. If one of the little things should happen to die. In a word. and she took such a position to do it. in very passionate and suitable terms. All that time I lay in the drawer." and knew how important it was for one who could show none of the usual inducements for consent. Betts having been shown into it. assuring her. however. "Julia. in consequence of the preparations that were going on in the proper reception-rooms. and there were a few exceedingly pretty reproaches. her own conduct got to be cautious and reserved. He acted in this manner. Mrs. though the lady becoming more and more conscious of the interest she had created in the heart of the gentleman. as I would have her myself for half of SUCH thirds." At the end of the week.CHAPTER XVI. Betts Shoreham was a constant visitor at the house. by means of her "yes. In this letter. in order to consult her on the subject of some of the ornaments of the supper table. both Julia and her mother were too much engaged to perceive the tears that rolled down the cheeks of the poor stranger. I was brought out on this occasion.

and asked her kind interference--but it is much. with a smile and a look that Betts would have been a mere dolt not to have comprehended--"and it is my duty to take care that MY gratitude does not entertain this weakness. and say NO. since it was not happy. be as frank and simple as I know your nature prompts--DO you. much better as it is." "Mademoiselle Hennequin. had SHE come down. thousand thanks. as if supposing the circumstance proof of his success. The instant Betts Shoreham saw that he was to have an interview with the charming French girl. with an expression of countenance that I found quite inexplicable. though I thought she hesitated about indulging in the last. monsieur. instead of with Julia Monson. caused the questioned to blush. oh! non--non--I am far from saying as much as THAT"--poor girl. he carried every thing by his impetuosity. CAN you love me?" Of course such a direct question. and carried it to his lips in a very carnivorous fashion. 72 down at my side. Mademoiselle Hennequin did not venture below. reducing the governess to own that what she admitted she COULD do so well." "You will do well. to read the letter. smiled her assent. she had already done in a very complete and thorough manner. that Betts soon brought the category of possibilities into one of certainty." "Then my vanity--my hopes have misled me. Mademoiselle Hennequin used me . he seized the governess' hand. succeeded in retaining her hand. I suppose it is unnecessary for me to say. To own the truth. dearest Mademoiselle Hennequin. and left the apartment. "you have read my letter. nor was it altogether the reverse." "Gratitude easily becomes love in a woman's heart"--answered the dear creature. and. and I may interpret this interview favorably. who so generously overlooks my poverty." "That would be to give you--to give us both unnecessary pain. The first she did in a very pretty and engaging manner." answered Mademoiselle Hennequin. Owing to this circumstance. if she did not positively preserve it from being devoured. put in a very categorical way. however. and then she bathed her eyes in cold water. and offers to share with me his fortune and his honorable position--" "This is not what I ask--what I had hoped to earn--gratitude is not love.CHAPTER XVI. but feeling the necessity of drying her eyes. The lady. and used the napkin in drying them. Here she wept freely for a minute or two." said Betts. in an incoherent. for mercy's sake. I meant to have told all to Mrs. nor was it over in a minute. I enjoyed this scene excessively. my utter destitution of all worldly greatness. and I have no interest in your feelings!" "I do not say THAT. "A thousand. not to speak to Madame Monson on the subject at all. that she was sincere--"I do not--CANNOT say I have no interest in one. it might not be strictly true--I COULD love--Oh! No one can tell how my heart COULD love where it was right and proper. until she had gone into her own room.' when it can lead to no good result?" "Then destroy all hope at once. and it were better that no one knew any thing of its nature. she caught me up by mistake." After this. Monson. I was fortunately a witness of all that passed in her interview with her lover. her face declared a hundred times more than her tongue. half-sane manner. if it did not induce her to smile. his countenance brightened. "Why should I say 'yes. Besides. "This must be our last meeting. monsieur.

CHAPTER XVI. this beautiful lace was a part of that beloved grandmother's bridal trousseau. "This handkerchief!" exclaimed the young governess--"Ah! it is that of Mademoiselle Julie. than the one she felt it her duty to place there herself. It was evident I revived unpleasant recollections. I worked for her support in her last illness. therefore. But. "This handkerchief is well known to me. how happy she would be could she be his slave all the days of her life. and who died in my arms. for. She answered. and I hope this exquisite work. After confessing how much she loved Betts. who was still in the hand of Mademoiselle Hennequin. how miserable she was in knowing that he had placed his affections on HER. an exceedingly contemptible class. to enhance the value of my labors. Still. and had several times been applied to her eyes unheeded. 73 several times to wipe away tears. but they little heed what they say when strongly excited--"that cursed handkerchief has given me as much pain. and it is strong proof how much both parties were thinking of other matters. it was her strongest wish to leave no darker cloud between them. she had a sweet smile for Betts. girl. and she had not as many hundreds. Mademoiselle Hennequin almost annihilated the young man by declaring that it was utterly impossible for her to consent to become his wife. "That cursed handkerchief"--it is really indecent in young men to use such improper language. The reason was the difference in fortune. and how much more miserable she should be. quite as much a matter of course. in this great republic. this refined taste brought all the comfort and reward you had a right to anticipate. that sufficiently betrayed his feelings. as it appears also to have given you. That handkerchief. that she should make both herself and her lover miserable. while he was disposed to believe his adored perfection. though not without betraying strong emotion as she proceeded. and. though for a very different cause. and. her feelings would not have been so sensitive on this point. Shoreham. because he had two hundred thousand dollars. who took care of my childhood. though ignorant of the nature of his suspicions. the governess had been educated under a different system. But. All this strangely conflicted with Betts' preconceived opinion of a French woman's selfishness. I wish I knew the real secret of its connection with your feelings. and withal a little archly. and her brow thoughtful. which she would have scarcely pardoned." "I see it all!" exclaimed the repentant Betts--"FEEL it all. Against this decision. instead of a French. and it struck her imagination as very proper. that neither discovered who was present at so interesting a tete-a-tete. which I must have taken by mistake." answered the young French woman. it has excited distrust. and the young man could not avoid letting an expression escape him. "it revives the recollections of some of the most painful scenes of a life that has never seen much sunshine. . dearest Mademoiselle Hennequin. monsieur? You are not about to enact the Moor. and the impossibility that she should take advantage of his passion to lead him into a connection that he might afterwards regret. why should this handkerchief awaken any feeling in you. Betts reasoned warmly. in vain. he almost feared it was a trick. in your days of wooing?" {the Moor = from Shakespeare's "Othello"} This was said sweetly. At length came the denouement. for I confess. dearest. like that of Desdemona's. and he spoke out in a way to give his mistress some clue to his thoughts. Had Mademoiselle Hennequin been an American. I put it where you see it. as a match with. Mr. but Betts was in no humor for pleasantry. considers a match without money. frankly and simply. for the poor girl was glad to turn the conversation from its harassing and painful points. Of such contradictory materials is the human mind composed! At length the eyes of Betts fell on me. You have heard me speak of a grandmother. and this lace--yes. but seriously. every body but the fortune-hunters. The cheeks of Mademoiselle Hennequin were pale. had she learned he had NOT.

among all their . that Betts momentarily forgot his love. as he rose to quit the room. under such circumstances. It is needless to say that this conversation was of absorbing interest to both. One of these relatives. and I have never thought it prudent to change it. but of what account is a NAME to one in my condition!" "And your family name is not Hennequin?" asked the lover. smiling through her tears-. though it was no nearer than a third cousin. You would blush to have it said you had married a French milliner!" "But you are not a milliner. brought me to America. The name of Hennequin I know is respectable. with some development of person. was among these distant connections on this side of the Atlantic. was Betts Shoreham. anxiously. whose great-grandmother had been a bona fide de la Rocheaimard. my own Adrienne. and an offer that was brilliant to me. Money would only oppress me. But the hour admonished them of the necessity of separating. "I received as much as I merited. with that expression of intense suffering on her countenance. my beloved cousin." said Adrienne. during which. in that sense." "Your generosity almost overcomes my scruples. and their happiness has passed down in tradition. and that every relative the poor girl had on earth. betokened both surprise and delight. I toiled for bread like an Eastern slave. for time and a poor memory. "And now. This name she enjoined it on me to keep. indeed. You see by all this how unfit I am to be your wife. that there had been an American marriage in Adrienne's family. at once. "It is not. were they happy? Was their union blessed?" {mon cher cousin = my dear cousin} "They were miracles of domestic felicity. to point out to the poor deserted orphan some forty or fifty persons. and who was enabled. but it may not be. The name to which I am entitled is certainly not one to be ashamed of--it is far more illustrious than that of Hennequin. This family happened to be acquainted with Madame Monson. Accident at length placed me in a family as a governess. when we went last to Paris." The exclamation which burst from the lips of Betts Shoreham." "Tell me. monsieur. who stood in the same degree of affinity to her. so much so. but one glance at her. and by the time it had ended.CHAPTER XVI." said Betts Shoreham. Then I knew her again. had caused me to forget the appearance of the lovely creature who may be said to have made me what I am. the trodden-on and abused hireling of a selfish milliner. my good uncle and aunt. Betts. respectable as is the last. 74 A shade of anguish crossed the face of Adrienne--for it was no other-. and have a right to your obedience--and I command that you be the second de la Rocheaimard who became the wife of a Shoreham. They were days of want and sorrow that succeeded. mon cher cousin. when so much worth is to be found on your side of the scale.as she gazed at me. I am your nearest male relative."were your grand-parents. My poor grandmother assumed the name of Hennequin. under an apprehension that the guillotine might follow the revolution of July. perhaps. as it had followed that of '89. renewed all my earlier impressions. and recalled all the scenes of her sufferings and distress. I am of the family of de la Rocheaimard." returned the meek-minded girl--for she was proud only in insisting on what she fancied right--"and enough to give my venerated parent Christian burial. in my circumstances. and even desired her to explain her precise parentage. Adrienne was disposed to overlook most of her over scrupulous objections to rewarding that very passion. The reader will remember. He made Adrienne repeat her declarations. you will no longer urge your sublimated notions of propriety against my suit. and what care I for money. seizing Adrienne's unresisting hand--"now. dearest Adrienne--for you must suffer me to call you by that name--you are a lady reduced by revolutions and misfortunes.

kissed her hand to Betts. leaving me forgotten on the sofa. Nevertheless. You will be surrounded by a host of admirers. Thurston?" "The approach of this awful night.CHAPTER XVII. It was trespassing too boldly on the proprieties to utter ." said Tom. Miss Monson was too well instructed. Genius. and then what shall I have to support me. to the liveliest pulsations of all human acmes. pouring into your ears their admiration and love. Five minutes later. Thurston--mamma and the housekeeper have settled every thing. that I rightly understand you. itself." "Not in the least. as circumstances required.500 foot volcano in Ecuador} Tom meant to reverse this image. for. lest the straps of his pantaloons should give way--"Impute all to your own lucid ambiguity." "Ascribe it all to that fatal." 75 Adrienne smiled. hope-inspiring 'yes. and I am really pleased to see you. but the admiration of no moderately sensible woman could overlook rodomontade so exceedingly desperate. CHAPTER XVII." But Julia did stand it. imaginative being. but that 'yes. nor are the caverns of Kentucky so strikingly elevated. raising me from the depths of Chimborazo. being still on the sofa--"This is SO good of you. Chimborazo = a 20. heart-thrilling. {premeditated rout = planned party} "This is SO good of you." thought Tom.' with which you once raised me from the depths of despair to an elevation of happiness that was high as the highest pinnacle of the caverns of Kentucky. that I have no powers left to think or speak of plays.' lovely. I shall presently be ashore. "if she stand THAT. when your time must have so many demands on it. her pique not interfering. consolatory. Betts Shoreham seized his hat. and any thing was better than appearing to hesitate. he felt as reasonably secure of success. my heart--my faculties--my ideas--" Tom was getting bothered. though he had no direct promise as yet. we will endeavor to set to this. and left the house. "I am not certain." continued Tom. Thurston. In a word. "Chimborazo is not particularly low. and he made a desperate effort to extricate himself-. and it being rather stylish to be disengaged on the morning of the day when the household was in all the confusion of a premeditated rout. and ran out of the room." {caverns of Kentucky = Mammoth Cave. That example which they set to the last century. as you can give me the history of the new play--" "Ah! Miss Monson. Repeat that 'yes."In short. Even religion could not furnish them with a cause for misunderstanding. Mr. She admired Tom for his exterior. and Julia Monson came down to receive HIM. but love is proverbially desperate in its figures of speech. and had too much real taste.' loveliest of human females. Mr. Mr. and raise me from the thrill of depression. then--and what has thus confused your mind. kneeling with some caution. not to feel surprise at all this extravagance of diction and poetry. descendants. Miss Monson. as he made his bow--I heard it all. and to the torments of hope that I experience." she said." "That explains it. a happy man." "Hang it. can invent nothing finer. I was not there. my JUDGMENT is so confused and monopolized. Tom Thurston entered.

if she stand THAT. were made in vain. d---n it. he raised his handkerchief in a very pathetic manner to his face. inexorable girl. alas! that bearded men should be brought to weep over the contrarieties of womanly caprice. was doomed to discover that he had overreached himself. When the heart is anguished with unutterable emotion." interrupted Tom. rallying for a new and still more desperate charge. yes--dear and categorical affirmative--" exclaimed Tom. in answer to a demand of your hand. the Lord only knows what I shall say next. as the Americans say. in shop-keeping slang. or dictionaries. your vacillating 'yes' has rendered me the impersonation of that oppressive sentiment.'" answered Tom." "What do I mean. that it is your own image. of which your beauty and excellence have become the mocking reality. such nonsense to a gentlewoman.' of which you speak. highly impressed with the notion that rhapsody. Will you have the goodness to explain what you mean by that 'yes?'" "Simply. Mr. Webster's inclusive." he THOUGHT. Thurston--what DO you mean?" "Ah. what it does NOT seem to infer. Thurston--and of what is it your pleasure to accuse me of being the image?" "O! unutterable wo--yes. and after a grunting sob or two. loveliest incorporation of perceptible incarnations. aloud. that once already. Thurston." "This is very extraordinary."Talk not of images." "I! Mr. loveliest and most benign of your sex. she was amused. when you are nothing but an image yourself. "When first pronounced by your rubicund lips. The girl had a good deal of spirit. "and." she inquired. I mean to have YOU. obdurate maid. it speaks in accents that deaden all the nerves. whose sense of womanly propriety began to take the alarm. "What do I mean.CHAPTER XVII. Thurston--Mr. and lots of feeling besides. indeed. "I should have said HUMID light'--how the deuce did I come to forget that word--it would have rounded the sentence beautifully. dear and categorical affirmative. "I mean all I say. half-amused young lady. and when that was the case. and a little muddily. it thrilled on my amazed senses like a beacon of light--" "Mr." rejoined Julia." Here Tom bowed his head. She determined to "make capital" out of the affair. 76 "I am not certain I quite understand you. Thurston." answered Tom. I do not know." thought Tom. determined to go for the whole." Tom was getting to be animated. and thrill the ears. Mr. "and I must insist on an explanation. angel of 'humid light. rather. you deigned to reply with that energetic and encouraging monosyllable. going off again at half-cock. Your language would seem to infer--really. was the food of love--"Yes. eighty thousand dollars. and she had tant soit peu of mother Eve's love of mischief in her. his ideas flowed like a torrent after a thunder-shower. and Tom. "your language is so very extraordinary--your images so unusual--" "Say."--Tom's face was covered with hair--"Alas. "and at least. {tant soit peu = an ever so tiny amount} "What is the 'yes. answered the half-irritated. who had got his practice in a very low school. instead of music. and recalling some rare specimens of magazine eloquence-. Alas. with what ecstasy did not my drowsy ears ." As for Julia. alas! that bearded men. though at first she had been a little frightened. or in volumes. and THOUGHT to himself--"Well. on which you seem to lay so much stress?" "That 'yes' has been my bane and antidote.

I mean--they may be divided into three parts--" here. But for this. into three parts." "That might be pardoned. and looking about him.CHAPTER XVII." continuing aloud. Nothing but truth will ever be pleasing to me. but love. taking me from the sofa--"this handkerchief must bear all the blame. like a lawyer who is summing up an argument--"Yes. and began to count on his fingers." thought Tom. Thurston!" "It is. and was resolved to try any expedient that I thought might lead to success. and that he had somewhat overdone the sublime. and it is also a strong THING. Miss Julia. Miss Monson--that is. Tom got up. First come the pangs of unrequited love. Miss Monson. as one might say. again. what considerable satisfaction your consent gave my pulsating mind!" "Consent!--Consent is a strong WORD. that I became desperate. sir. "Ah. or esteem. Your $80. were it not for the extraordinary character of the expedient. sir.000 girls get SUCH notions in their heads."--said Tom. I've known terrible consequences arise from the denial of a consent. between them and the rest of the species. brushed his knees. at the commencement of this exceedingly interesting dialogue?" . Now. and I am delighted to find a congenial spirit. it would tell like a stiletto--" "Yes. pray. he had an opportunity of perceiving that his mistress was offended. and may really like to have the truth." "All this is so extraordinary. You must have observed something very peculiar in my language. Miss Julia. "why did I not think of that word 'bruised' while on my knees. Mr. Miss Julia. The last consequence is. that I insist on knowing why you have presumed to address such language to me--yes. Mr. 77 drink in the melodious sounds--what extravagance of delight my throbbing heart echo its notes. you ask me to use a most killing frankness! Had we not better remain under the influence of the poetical star?" "If you wish to ensure my respect. with bruised affections--" "hang it." THOUGHT Tom. he determined to throw himself. But. and it might answer to try her with a little truth. to what consequences you allude?" "The consequences. It's quite clear her heart is as insensible to eloquence and poetry. the consequences of a violated troth. "who knows? She is whimsical. sir." Tom was dumbfounded." "This handkerchief. you have never seen in me any taste for the very extraordinary images and figures of speech you have used. how can that handkerchief have brought about any such result?" "Ah! Miss Monson. The strength of my passion is such. indeed. poetical and affecting. and must be carried on consistently. you know. if 'bruised affections' would permit the soul to descend to such preliminaries. sir. Mr. is a calculation. as a Potter's Field wall. at once. I should not have dreamt of running so much on the high-pressure principle. Thurston. Surely. on this occasion. adorable Julia." "Hang it." "Consequences!--may I ask. into the penitent and candid." he cried. INSIST on knowing your reason. on the wings of the unseen winds--in short. like any other great event of life. the despair of hope deferred. each in succession. it is necessary to deal with me in perfect sincerity. that there's no analogy. With a sudden revulsion of feeling and tactics.handkerchief. Miss Julia. with his pocket. not half as explicit as your own. impute it all to love. "my nature is all plaindealing." "And. Thurston. somewhat more naturally--"I see I have offended and alarmed you. Next come the legal effects. on these I propose to enlarge presently. that he was up. always supposing that the wronged party can summon heart enough to carry on a suit.

Thurston--and now. seem well applied.000. Well. Miss Julia. perceiving that you are sincere. the thing will not last now five years. where-ever it is to be found. and the fruit of independence. pathetic.500 per annum. losses and other things." he added.75. in the hope of hearing something explicit. and flights of imagination." "The interest. I beg you will lay the whole matter before me. That's my nature." "Does this wish." "It is simply this. the best invested estate of $3. Julia could hardly keep her countenance. if one includes fashion. &c. Mr. as to the handkerchief?" "Why. but ambiguous. "what a rich old d---l her father must be.000. therefore. will come to $1. sir. then. I shall be equally frank. Plain. nett. Now 27 multiplied by 130--" here Tom took out his pencil and began to cypher--"make just 3510. when the heart is devoted to virtuous intentions." "I believe I understand you. generally. sir. but full of emphasis. poetical. Competence and virtue are my mottoes.. most especially in those I could wish to marry. "we will suppose it. prosaical. This handkerchief cost every cent of $100--" "One hundred and twenty-five. I will not give her up. it wishes for a union with virtue. and cast a curious glance at the young lady. dislike figures?" "I am an exception. You own this handkerchief?" "Certainly. but she was resolved to go to the bottom of all this plain. flights of the imagination--that is.500. and I adore the same quality in others.that is. but. One hundred and twenty-five dollars is a great deal of money. would be $3.dealing. Mr. "Certainly. is my nature." "This shows that you are. here goes for frankness--some women are furious for plain matter-of-fact fellows. in truth. as it might be engrafted on passion and sentiment.CHAPTER XVII." "Far from that.000 per annum. to say the least. without reserve. and this will bring the whole expense up to $27 per annum. you wish to say that common sense seemed misapplied to the owner of such a handkerchief. sir.000. wear and tear. I should hardly use an article of dress that is the property of another. ma'am. this would bring down the ways and means to $2. eloquence and pathos. VERY peculiar. smiling a little maliciously. "I will not deny it. that poetry. and the husband has ONLY $1." THOUGHT Tom. but comprehensive. and as poetry and sentiment do not seem to be favorites. possibly. and eloquence. We will suppose your fortune to be $50. at 7 per cent. $50. or less than a hundredth part of the expense of keeping . a lover of plain-dealing. Thurston. "Bless me." she answered. Well. Miss Julia." said Julia quickly. will not yield more than $3. too." 78 "Lucid. and this must be one of the number. or rather more than the whole amount of the interest. you do not wish to hear the calculation--ladies. it struck me that the mistress of such a handkerchief MUST like poetry-. But. then. Suppose a marriage. charges. Mr. as you say. the annual expense of this handkerchief may be set down at $2. "and the interest. extend to the plural number?" asked Julia. aloud. Including first cost and washing. Thurston.dealing. Miss Monson. your language was. But. but amusing.000 for his pocket. A very simple calculation will demonstrate what I mean." "Independent. when you come to deduct taxes. adorable young lady. Miss Julia--" Here Tom paused. "Well.

the d---l of the matter is. sir. much in the following form. it's a small allowance. fuel. five feet wide--" and to him I must refer you. It's true. there is a great deal of poetry in paying so much for a pocket-handkerchief. sir--I'm referred. Seriously. Accustomed to think of marrying as his means of advancement. I should be the happiest fellow in the world. though they will save something in the way of the feed they must give in their turns. I dare say the Monson set will cost me a good $500 a year. Monson did not enter the room immediately. Mr. when a fellow has to work his way by means of dinners. if the angelic Julia . his thoughts took the direction of a mental soliloquy." 79 "I believe I understand you. As usual. Will you have the goodness to explain this matter to me?" "Yes. in common with all other Manhattanese. Mr. but. Mr. after all. If I had a footing of my own. "Refer you to my father-. or you could never mistake me for a young girl of twenty. and he determined to improve the precious moments.well. Mr. Mr. and shall endeavor to profit by the lesson. which allowed the gentleman an opportunity for a little deliberation. and again brushing his knees with some care--"my mind is in such a state of confusion. called a passage. Thurston. I should think so. $50. "What. the Monsons will give me connections." This was said merely as an excuse for quitting the room." "Love? That is a strong term. and I must strike while the iron is hot. But here comes old Monson. at the same time. Thurston--one that I hope you have uttered in pure gallantry. my dear Miss Monson. But Tom received it literally and figuratively. and et ceteras." "Really." "Not at all. Fortunately for his ideas. sir. you see. so far as the young lady was concerned. at the same time. falling on his knees. Monson. horses. I wish her dandruff had got up when I mentioned only $50." "Referred? Pray. the reverse is not true} "Good morning. CHAPTER XVIII. Thurston--my father's step is in the hall--" so Julia. that I scarcely know what I say. Every thing is agreeable to us that belongs to an object we love." {dandruff = dander--but while "dander" can mean dandruff as well as temper. Mr.000 MIGHT do. looking a little surprised at seeing such a guest at three o'clock. that is but a small sum to make one's way on. sir. and connections are almost--not quite--as good as money to get a chap along with--but."--rising. or entry. I wish I had tried her with a higher figure." "Not under the circumstances. As I am wanted." thought Tom. and when you come to include rent. he somewhat reasonably supposed "refer you to my father" meant consent. Monson. "This is getting on famously. that I'm referred--I do not ask a dollar. Her lovely mind and amiable person are all I seek." cried Tom. and other necessaries." said the father. you will now excuse me. as a school boy reads the wrong paragraph in the confusion of not having studied his lesson well--"adorable and angelic--I beg your pardon. that connections eat and drink. sir. in society. ONE pocket-handkerchief. it may have been only modesty--some women are as modest as the d---l.000. for. what may that mean in particular?" "Only.CHAPTER XVIII. sir. that is compact and comprehensive. and I only regret that she is so rich. marketing. alone with my daughter's fine pocket-handkerchief? You must find that indifferent company.

fancying it a mighty pleasant matter to chaps that can't support themselves to support THEIR daughters by industry." aside. though I've offered to six-and-twenty girls. that you must permit me to see my daughter a moment. Now. my dear Mr. even if you quarrel like furies. This is the first time I could ever get at a father. and Tom began to THINK again. properly thrown out. by your being referred?" "That Miss Julia. Monson. to keep a liberal and gentlemanly . in a very business-like manner. One does something like a living business with a father. sir. I'm as industrious as a young fellow can be. Monson." "Indeed! This is so new to me. Some of these old misers hold on to every thing till they die. though it's according to rule to seem disinterested at first. as well as a girl. sir? I believe I didn't exactly say that--DOLLAR was the word I mentioned. CENTS could hardly be named between you and me." "The angelic Julia must be infinitely indebted to you." "Name it. ere I give a definite answer. as far as comports with the delicacy of the female bosom. No--no--I'll walk into him at once. "things DO go on swimmingly at last. sir. And you are referred?" "Yes. How much fortune do you think will be necessary to make such a couple happy. sir? Mr. and you shall see how I will comply." "Dollar let it be. Mr. you have my consent on a single condition. may be useful at once. "Well. I don't know but I rather overdid it about the dollar. you say?" "Did I. then. at once. "likes a little humbug." Hereupon Mr." "A very timely reservation." said the father. sir." "How much. Name five or six." The door opened. at this very moment. and his eye a little severe. I believe I understand this matter. and I owe six months' board. Still he was calm in tone and manner. Monson. had not a cent." "One will answer. Mr. The old chap." he thought. has referred me to you.CHAPTER XVIII. "Now. Monson left the room. sir. Let me see--had I best begin to screw him up in this interview. sir. and Mr. Julia had told him all in ten words." "Then. about the stuff. Monson entered. Mr. with as heavenly a 'yes' as ever came from the ruby lips of love. and she wishes to marry me--that is. and give him what Napoleon used to call a demonstration. afterwards. or wait for the next? A few hints. Thurston. as they call it. you are a model of generosity! You mean." "And you will take her without a cent. in answer to my suit. but let us take up this affair in order. his face a little flushed. some time since. at starting in the world? Name such a sum as will comport with your own ideas. "you wish to marry my daughter?" "Exactly. so far as she herself is concerned. those cheering words have solaced my ears--I am referred. you wish me to understand that she accepts you?" 80 "Certainly--she accepted. Thurston. sir. What am I to understand.

" "Yes. Take away from the transaction the character of a bargain. establishment. Monson. part.000 will do. sir. l suppose you include dinners. If the young lady should die." "We must. and have no more words about it. Mr." "Give and take!" "Leveling the sacred condition of matrimony to that of a mere bargain for a horse or a dog!" "Half and half!" "My nature revolts at such profanation. Mr. sir." "Equality is the foundation of wedded happiness. I am glad we understand each other so clearly. my conscience will be clear. sir--I will take $75. meeting your proposition in the spirit in which it is offered. and a manly competition with one's fellow citizens. sir--exceedingly liberal--liberal as the rosy dawn. then. Monson. contemptible bargain. and the negotiation must fall through. Monson!" "I mean that each party shall lay down dollar for dollar!" "I understand what you mean. If my daughter really wish to marry you. as would become your son-in-law?" "I do--such a fortune as will make you both easy and comfortable." "Not a cent that is not covered by a cent of your own. sir.000. as soon as you can show me that you have as much more to invest along with it." "Sir--Mr. and say no more about it. of course? Every thing on a genteel and liberal scale?" "On such a scale as will insure the happiness of man and wife. Thurston!" "Holy wedlock! It is violating the best principles of our nature. we could make that do. Mr." "Mutual esteem--conjugal felicity--and all that. that would be degrading lawful wedlock to the level of a bet--a game of cards--a mercenary. in real New York form?" "I mean all that can properly belong to the expenses of a gentleman and lady. Thurston." "Say $50. sir." 81 "Well." "Horses and carriages. I will give $50. sir--nothing shall ever induce me to degrade this honorable estate to such pitiful conditions!" "Dollar for dollar.000. I should say Julia and I could get along very comfortably on $100. It shall never be said Thomas Thurston was so lost to himself as to bargain for a wife. and even $40. I wash my hands of the whole affair.000 with Miss Julia. Yes. provided the money were well invested--no fancy stocks. No. sir.000 of this sum.CHAPTER XVIII. Mr. Why." "Then." .

000 he wants. made no difference with Betts Shoreham. whose attentions throughout the evening were so marked as to raise suspicion of the truth in the mind of even Mrs. Monson?" "As you please. there. and Mr. He'll never have a chance to get her off so cheap. gave my history. under the pretence that she had discovered a strong wish in the latter to possess me. in this land of liberty. he would have snapped at the bait. the first time we were alone together! I thought her heart would break. I flatter myself. and that by exhibiting me. I must rub up the Greek and Latin. even in an alderman's daughter. he added-"Rather than blight the prospects of so pure and lovely a creature I will make every sacrifice short of honor--let it be $30. on the score of money. she took such a distaste for me. and got as far as the door. Blast it!--I thought when I came down to $30." {cent. per cent. before. and had we played at a game of coppers. who came and set her laughing by a humorous narrative of what had occurred between her father and her lover. and yet with strong emotion. They say a chap with a little of the classics can get $30 or 40. on account of the price that had been paid for me. and it would be unjust to say that the mother was not disappointed. It is true. Mr. unless he first gives them to me? I never heard of so unreasonable an old chap! Here is a young fellow that offers to marry his daughter for $30. by Mrs. "Talk of Scylla and Charybdis!" soliloquized the discomfited Tom. I never knew what was meant by cent. As for the latter. With his hand on the latch. per cent. were gradually removed. Monson.CHAPTER XVIII.000. But. however. but Adrienne had not been educated in a land of liberty. and fancied that her dress should bear some relation to her means. the grocer's daughter. and so--good morning. Adrienne rightly judging that I was not a proper companion for one in her situation. as this thing is over. Adrienne was advised to accept Betts. Tom rose with dignity. It went off with eclat. Well. and confessed the nature of his suit. at the first opportunity. nor am I certain it would not. I couldn't have held out half an hour. = one hundred percent} This ended the passage of flirtation between Thomas Thurston and Julia Monson. Monson with her connection with Mr. like a pike. I was present at this interview. I've just thirty-two dollars and sixty-nine cents. Little did she know that I was a sort of patent of nobility. in a way he wasn't used to. Shoreham.000--half price.000 of your own. sir--so that it be covered by $30. this is not a very American notion." "My nature revolts at the proposition. but for the timely interposition of Julia. indeed." 82 Tom left the house. . as he wiped the perspiration from his face--"Where the d---l does he think I am to find the $50. any day in the week. EVERY thing being suitable for EVERY body. again. Monson laughed heartily.000. eclat = brilliance} The next day there was an eclaircissement. Adrienne owned who she was. I will try old Sweet. Let me see.and he talks about covering every cent he lays down with one of my own. and shift the ground to Boston. I touched the old scamp up with morals. I would be off in the first boat. she might have excited envy. as to prove how much he relished the success of his scheme. My non-appearance. {rout = evening party. that she presented me to Mademoiselle Hennequin. but I did not make my appearance at it. so heartily. as one may say-.000. If the wardrobe and whiskers fail there. acquainted Mrs. Monson's arguments. and her scruples. I wish my parents had brought me up a schoolmaster. that get them. and like a high principled woman. Still she behaved generously. How she wept over me. sir. Adrienne accepted the present with some reluctance. That night the rout took place.

married she must be in our house. and soon became intimate with her new cousin. and often I am held in her soft little hand. being French. Betts Shoreham and Adrienne de la Rocheaimard became man and wife. that she had worked me herself. Mrs. This was done simply that Adrienne might say when I was exhibited. Once only have I seen an old acquaintance. a boss. and I shall give her a handsome wedding--for. her scruples of this nature are not invincible." "Adrienne will marry Mr. and perfectly happy. So far from it. and." All came to pass as was predicted. I look forward to further changes. I was now under my first restoration. Of course I removed with the rest of the family." "So much for education. In this country. Thurston and Adrienne present!" observed Mrs. chere Clara?"--how prettily my mistress pronounces that name. while she prays for the soul of her grandmother. Monson gave a handsome entertainment. and those moments of tender confidence that so often occur between these lovers. or offers up praises for her own existing blessings. that Betts insisted on Julia's receiving $125 for me."and that you should own this particular handkerchief. but. after an examination. too. only to be deposed again in 1830} Adrienne loves Betts more than any thing else. to say. I ought. One month from that day. Monson to her husband. We become mercenary or self-denying. and that the lace with which I was embellished was an heir-loom. that she is most fond of recalling the painful hours she experienced in making me what I am. I complain not. Then her tears flow freely. and a day or two later. within the last few years. Adrienne has half-consented. If there are various ways of quieting one's conscience. Clara is a distant relative of Betts. and. in the person of Clara Caverly. Still she loves me dearly." "It has not. Shoreham--that YOU should own one of these THINGS"--I confess I did not like the word-. so different from Clarry! . shortly after this interview. since my change of mistress--the idea of calling a de la Rocheaimard. fortune-hunting has made giant strides. I am no longer thought of for balls and routs. One day she saw me lying on a table. since the temperament that has twice ejected the Bourbons from their thrones will scarce leave me in quiet possession of mine forever. by these means. had an opportunity of becoming a near spectator of a honey-moon. after the fall of Napoleon. HE can lay down dollar for dollar--I wish his fancy had run toward Julia. as well as states. and when a girl loves. passing an existence. or bossess. but in another form. and we can only regret it.CHAPTER XVIII. Scarce a week passes that I am not in her hands. in the way of marriage settlements. accepting from Julia a handsome wedding present of equal value. and the poor girl refusing to marry the man of her heart." "Ay. without a shilling to bless himself with. in the very bosom of truth and innocence. as it might be." "Why so. {first restoration = the Bourbon dynasty was restored to the French throne in 1815. {eclaircissement = explanation} 83 "What a contrast do this Mr. however. Pocket-handkerchiefs have their revolutions. so are there various modes of appeasing our sense of pride. and that. but appear to be doomed to the closet. in a tete a tete. because she is penniless. the bridegroom and bride took possession of their proper home. is out of the question. never was an "article" of my character more highly favored. with an audacity of pretension that is unrestrained by any of the social barriers which exist elsewhere. she exclaimed-"Two things surprise me greatly here. and it is when her present happiness seems to be overflowing. I think. it must be confessed. "Here is the gentleman wanting to get our child. very much as we are instructed. Shoreham. She loves. Mrs.

Tom declared that "the old chap broke down when they got as far as the fortune--that. Not so with the world. the supplies were stopped for want of funds. Look how high beef has been of late years. Persons of this class are celebrated for covering their retreats skilfully. too. causing his sudden retreat to be noticed.and then this looks like a handkerchief that once belonged to another person--a poor girl who has lost her means of extravagance by the change of the times. Clara--the handkerchief is the same. or dislike. Tom Thurston's addresses to Miss Monson had excited the envy. now they have taken down the SIGN. I hope they will do business on a more reasonable scale. every door in Broadway and Bond street was shut upon him. This is your girl. of course. The handkerchief has disappeared. Ten days afterward. Instead of stepping into society on his wife's shoulders. Tom got married. of course. was accepted. as he liked the girl. but the highest offer he could get from him was $30. and I may say Clara Caverly became my friend also. the attention of all the other fortune-hunters in town. and got married within the month. He did court the old fellow.CHAPTER XVIII. however. "The handkerchief is my own work. It seems Tom had cast an eye on the daughter of a grocer of reputed wealth. and Tom went to Texas." Tom was off on the instant. Shoreham. 84 "It is not like YOU to purchase so extravagant and useless a THING-." A month later. got introduced to the family. This. But it would not do. on the ground of "false pretences. The marriage was found to stand all the usual tests. was only taking a hand in the great game of brag that most of the country had sat down to. being exceedingly fond of books. "I will explain. and. It seems HE. and gave a dignity to my position. this person pointed out to Tom a girl. offered in a fortnight. Tom was in a dilemma. "That's your girl. I heard John Monson laughing over the particulars one day in Betts Shoreham's library. He had married a butcher's daughter. Then there was not a dollar. she. and spend nothing. "All butchers are rich. Miss Caverly manifested surprise. among all of Adrienne's intimates." continued Mrs." said the treacherous adviser. through her agency. to my great delight. who had formerly regarded me with indifference. he would have taken her with $75. it is only a resemblance. A girl with such a pocket-handkerchief OUGHT to bring a clear $100. no gentleman could submit to. but had just retired from business. . But. The future offered a sad perspective. it is MY FRIEND!" The reader may imagine how proud I felt! This was elevation for the species. with which I am infinitely satisfied. and the butcher failed. and I was for none of your half-way doings. and in this manner have I since passed from friend to friend. and wept over me.000. he was dragged out of it by the skirts. now kissed me. whose father had been a butcher.000. of course." He was even ready to make an affidavit that he had been slaughtered.000. who had attracted the attention of another person of his own school. To get rid of a competitor. Tom consulted a lawyer about a divorce. Old Monson is a humbug. After this. Only court the old fellow. and was building himself a fine house somewhere in Butcherland. on account des souvenirs. They coin money. My sudden disappearance from it excited quite as much sensation as my debut in it. where I am usually kept. His empty pockets were balanced by her empty pockets. Nevertheless. and is very precious to me. and you are sure of half a million in the long run. and then they live on the smell of their own meats. The facts were as follows. was a favorite from the first. as YOU--" "It is more. But that handkerchief is not an article of dress with me. and they never build until their pockets are so crammed as to force them to it. and." {des souvenirs = of memories} Adrienne then told the whole story. Yes.

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